Representing the communities of Westchester, Playa del Rey and Playa Vista


Uptick in Burglaries from Homes and Vehicles - Sept 2013

Burglary is a crime of opportunity. Make their work risky and difficult, and you stand a good chance of stopping them before they get in.

  • Keep all doors and windows locked at night and every time you leave your home.
  • If you have a home alarm system – USE IT.
  • Use doors that feature wide-angle peepholes at heights everyone can use.
  • If you have glass panels near or in doors, make sure glass is reinforced so they cannot be shattered.
  • Make sure the door leading from the attached garage to the house is solid wood or metal-clad and protected with a quality keyed door lock and deadbolt.
  • Lock the overhead garage door - do not just rely on an automatic door opener.
  • Make sure sliding glass doors have strong, working key locks.
  • Keep grills, lawnmowers and other valuables in a locked garage or shed.
  • Store firearms unloaded and locked in a gun safe and secured with trigger guard locks.
  • Inscribe valuable items, such as televisions, stereos and computers with your Driver’s License Number.
  • Have an up-to-date home inventory that includes pictures. Keep a complete copy somewhere outside of the house.
  • Never leave a message on your answering machine that indicates you may be away from home.
  • If you hear an intruder while at home, leave safely if you can, then call police. If you can't leave, lock yourself in a room with a phone and call police.
  • Trim all shrubbery that could conceal criminal activity near doors and windows.
  • Consider using timed interior lights and outdoor timed or motion lights to make your home appear occupied when you are away.
  • If you park your car outside, never leave a garage door opener inside your vehicle.
  • Start or participate in a Neighborhood Watch program.