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SPD provides burglary prevention tips

What do you think? Comments Off June 28, 2011 at 4:53PM

According to Seattle Police Department Crime Prevention Coordinator Terrie Johnston, there have been approximately 85 reported burglaries in the North Precinct since June 1, 2011. 45 of them were non-forced entry, which means that the thief was able to enter the home either through an open or unlocked door or window, or had a key.

“Burglaries tend to increase during warm summer months,” Johnston says. She recommends being aware of open windows, even on upper floors. “Crooks used plastic lawn chairs, patio furniture, an ice chest, garden pots and in one case a ladder to climb up onto the second floor and came in through open windows,” she says, describing some of June’s burglaries in the north end of the city.

Pet doors and back doors were the method of entry in several of the burglaries as well, according to Jonhston, who advises that residents consider making it easier for watchful neighbors to see into each other’s back yards.

Johnston also recommends that residents be mindful of objects that are left outside. In one recent burglary case, Johnston says, tools that were left out were used by a thief to pry open a rear basement door. In a few other cases, decorative rocks and bricks were thrown through back windows.

Terrie Johnston provides residents with free home security assessments. You can contact her at (206) 684-7711.


 

Related: Early this morning an east Green Lake home was burglarized while the occupants were home. The full story is here.

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