Simple ways to stop crimes of opportunity

By The Curry Coastal Pilot August 21, 2012 10:21 pm

 

In light of a recent rash of vehicle burglaries in Brookings and residential burglaries elsewhere in the county, it only make sense to do the obvious: Lock up your homes and vehicles.

Also, report suspicious activity in your neighborhood such as unfamiliar people walking on your street or vehicles with people sitting inside parked for hours at a time.  You can notify authorities via the non-emergency line. In south Curry County the number to call is 541-469-3118; In central and north Curry County the number is 541-247-3242.

Living in a semi-rural area, it’s easy to become complacent when it comes to protecting our possessions, but many of today’s burglaries are crimes of opportunity. The success of such crimes often depends simply on whether a house or vehicle door is locked.

It’s also wise to remove from your car any valuables – cell phones, laptops, briefcases, purses and so forth – so as not to tempt would-be thieves, whom authorities believe are looking for items to sell to support their drug habits.

Burglars often target second homes that are left unused for lengthy periods of time. Criminals also seek homes where newspapers and mail piles up and lawns go unmowed. One trick used by burglars is to place a business card in the door of a home and check on it later to see it’s been removed. 

If you own a second home or go on vacation, leave a few lights on (an inexpensive programmable timer works well), ask a friend or neighbor to pick up your paper and mail and periodically check the locks on doors and windows.

Taking a few simple precautions to protect your home or vehicle, and keeping an eye on your neighbors’ property, should help reduce the number of crimes in our community.