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Working to Prevent Residential Burglaries

Release date: 1/29/2010

Burglaries to homes and vehicles are often crimes of opportunity. Burglars seek out the easiest targets and bypass ones that may take more time, be more difficult to enter, or increase the likelihood that they will get caught. 

Trust your instincts!  Report any suspicious noises, people, or vehicles in your neighborhood.  Call 9-1-1 immediately so the police can check them out in a timely manner.  Delay may prevent a successful police investigation.
There are also some simple precautions you can take to make your home or vehicle less inviting to thieves, such as:

  • When you go out for the evening, set lights on timers and have a radio or television on with the volume at a reasonable level so your house or apartment appears to be occupied.
  • When you leave your home, make sure that all doors and windows are locked, even if you are going out for a short time.  Be sure to use a good deadbolt type lock on all of your exterior doors, including the door to your attached garage.  Secure any sliding glass doors with a security bar as well.
  • The exterior of your residence should be well lighted, including but not limited to, motion detector lighting.  Place such lights high enough off of the ground so that criminals cannot reach them easily to remove the bulbs or damage the fixture.
  • Have an alarm system installed, learn how to use it properly, and use it regularly.  Place a sign in your window that advises that your home is protected by an alarm system.
  • Secure your valuables, document serial numbers, and photograph jewelry and other possessions that have no serial number.  Keep these records in a safe place.
  • During the holiday season, be careful not to place gifts in windows or doorways visible from the outside.
  • Let a trusted neighbor know if you are going to be away and ask them to watch your home.  Consider giving them a key and the alarm code.  Offer to provide the same service for them.
  • Temporarily suspend newspaper delivery and mail service or have a neighbor or relative retrieve them daily.  Any build-up of papers or mail signals to burglars that the home is vacant.

By following this advice, you may help prevent a burglary to your home or your neighbor's.  Feel free to call the Streamwood Police Department with any questions at (630) 736-3700.