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January 31, 2012 > Residential burglaries

Residential burglaries

Submitted By Officer Kim Macdonald, Fremont PD

Residential burglaries are frequently occurring not only in Fremont but everywhere. Unfortunately, apartment communities are not immune from this type of crime. Most burglaries occur during daytime hours when people are at work; burglars take the path of least resistance. This is accomplished when people are not at home.

It's crucial that when residents leave for the day, they close and lock every door and every window. This includes small bathroom windows. Believe it or not, people can fit through this window and commit burglaries by entering this way.

Make sure that residents engage the secondary lock on all windows and doors. Burglars are gaining entry by prying windows and sliders. If the secondary locks are engaged it makes it more difficult for them to enter. Residents should also draw their shades when they leave. A crime of opportunity can occur when a suspect walks by and sees a couple of laptops or jewelry lying on a table.

Some burglaries are perpetrated by someone knocking on the front door to see if anyone is home. If someone answers the door they often make up a name and ask if that person is home. If nobody answers the door, they enter the residence. Sometimes people are home but they don't answer their doors. Residents should let the person knocking know they are home without answering the door. If a resident sees someone knocking on a few doors, the police need to be called.

Most apartment complexes do not allow solicitors so even if they are legitimately trying to sell something, they are trespassing.

Residents need to look out for one another. If a resident sees someone jump over a neighbor's fence into the patio area, the police need to be called. Residents should report all suspicious activity to the police.

The best protection is to stop a burglary before it happens.

To contact Fremont PD directly, email fremontpolice@fremont.gov.

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