Did you know that on average approximately 70% of residential burglaries occur during the daytime? Did you also know that on average more than 60% of the incidents are the result of doors, windows, or garage doors, being left open or unlocked?
Below are some helpful crime-fighting burglary prevention steps you can take to help combat crime and make a difference in our community:
- Use common sense - don't be an easy target
- LOCK and close your doors and windows. Yes, even when you're home
- Do not leave your garage door open or unlocked if you are not in the immediate area.
- Immediately report any and all suspicious activity by calling our 24-hour, non-emergency number at 805.650.8010 or 911 in the event of an emergency
- If you have an alarm set it!
- Install quality locks on doors and windows and USE them.
- Lighting is one of the best deterrents to night time burglary - indoor and outdoor lighting is important.
- Beware of solicitors. Door-to-door sales people in the City of Ventura must have a business license issued by the City and to have registered in person with our department. The following link provides information on door-to-door permits, licenses, and the process. https://www.cityofventura.ca.gov/1552/Business-License
- Don't let strangers into your home - this includes workers and others - if you are not with them.
- Photograph your valuables and engrave your property with a form of identification, such as your driver's license number.
- If you are going to be out of town have family, friends, or neighbors check on your home or place of business. You can also call our Volunteer Coordinator at 805.339.4320 and ask for a Vacation to Check to be conducted while you are gone.
- Solicitors going house to house
- Suspicious/unfamiliar subjects walking or loitering in the area
- Suspicious/unfamiliar subjects parked in a car on the street, alleyway, side of a home, etc.
- Subject parked on the street and talking on a cell phone.
- Subjects casing homes
- Occupied suspicious vehicles that appear out of place and are not normally parked in the area, or you are not familiar with the vehicle
- Anyone carrying property that seems suspicious or out of place
A few extra precautions go a long way:
- Take the smaller of your most valued possessions with you when traveling.
- Alert your neighbors, ask them to watch for, AND report, any suspicious activity.
- Call 339-4320 to request a "vacation" check. Our Volunteers in Policing will put your address on their route and check on your residence periodically as their time allows.
- If you have any type of security system in place, be sure to advertise it with a lawn sign or other indicator that may discourage bad guys.
- If you have access to an RV, you might consider staying in it on your property so you can keep an eye on things. If you will be parking it on the street, be sure to call our Traffic Division at 339-4401 to get a waiver so you don't get cited or towed under the Oversized Vehicle Ordinance.
Cluster Mailboxes: "Cluster" mailboxes are those that house mail receptacles for several residences. These are common, but not exclusive to, apartment and condominium complexes. They make particularly attractive targets for thieves, as once the back of the box is breached, all of the individual sections become accessible and mail from many households can be taken in a very short period of time.
The information contained in both incoming and outgoing mail can often be used for fraudulent purposes, most notably Identity Theft type crimes.
To minimize your risk:
- Make sure your mail is picked up every day, the sooner after it arrives the better.
- Do not leave outgoing mail in a cluster mailbox. Use public mail receptacles as they are more secure, or perhaps mailing from your place of employment would be a good option.
- Most banks will allow you to arrange to pick up your checks from the bank in person instead of having them mailed to your home.
- Shred your mail before disposing of it in the trash or recycle bin.