March 8, 2011 > Residential burglaries on the rise in Hayward
Residential burglaries on the rise in Hayward
By Meenu Gupta
There has been an increase in daytime residential burglaries in Hayward, common during weekdays; Tuesdays are the most common day between 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Most burglaries are reported in single family dwellings. Approximately 70% of the burglaries are forced entry; 30% gain entry through unlocked doors or windows; 60% are through the back of the residence; 30% through the side and 10% through the front. Most common items taken are: jewelry, computers, flat screen televisions, firearms tools money gaming systems (Wii, playstation etc.). Not all homes are unoccupied during burglaries; some are occupied and residents open the door to a stranger. Police advise citizens to call them in an uncomfortable or suspicious circumstance.
Hayward PD is taking aggressive steps to counter this crime trend. Neighborhood meetings provide information to set up Neighborhood Watch Programs. Police provide information about prevention strategies, personal safety concerns and the common methods of operation. Suspects may ring the doorbell and wait for someone to answer or force entry through a side or rear door of the residence. Suspects usually leave in a vehicle parked somewhere nearby in the neighborhood.
If you come home to an unexplained open door or broken window, do not enter; call police and do not touch anything or clean up until the Police have inspected for evidence. Keep a detailed inventory of your valuable possessions with a description of the items, date of purchase, value and serial numbers. Keep a copy in a safe place away from home. Consider making a photographic or video record of valuable objects, heirlooms and antiques. Many insurance companies also have programs to help.
Keep lights, TVs and radios on or better yet, use timers while you are away. Have someone pick up your mail when on vacation. Forming a neighborhood watch group will also help to improve security and reduce risk of burglary. Report any suspicious activity to the Police by calling (510) 293-7000.