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Posted on: May 2, 2013

[ARCHIVED] Summer Safety

The Beachwood Police Department reports there is a burglary in the United States every 15 seconds. Majority of home and apartment burglaries occur during the day when people are at work or school. Historically, July and August have the most burglaries.

• Burglars choose an unoccupied home with the easiest access and the best escape routes. “Harden the target” to discourage entry.

• The garage door is usually the weakest point of entry, followed by the back door. Burglars look inside cars to find garage door openers, keys and other valuables. Keep your garage door shut and your car locked.

• Keep doors and screens locked. When leaving windows open, use the locks installed in your windows to prevent windows from being opened wide enough for a burglar to climb through.

• Bicycle theft is generally a crime of opportunity. Keep your bicycle locked and your garage door closed.

Most importantly, if anyone wanders onto your property asking suspicious questions or claiming to be lost, call the police immediately.

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