Tips for preventing a burglary or robbery


The Palo Alto Police Department has the following recommendations to help prevent burglaries and robberies:


• Walk in pairs

• Carry a light, whistle or alarm

• Call 911 or the dispatch center at 650-329-2413 to report suspicious behavior or persons

• Lock doors and windows when leaving, even in the summer

• Secure all belongings in garages and other locked storage, including locking vehicles

• Add locks to side gates and back-yard gates and use them

• Install a burglar alarm, a home surveillance system and post signs outside the home

• Get to know your neighbors, share tips and develop neighborhood email lists and neighborhood watch

• Leave on a radio or television if not at home

• Acknowledge your presence if at home and someone knocks. Yell through the door, even if you don't want to open it


• Rationalize suspicious behavior

• Confront a robber or fight anyone with a weapon

• Leave gates, vehicles or windows and doors unlocked

• Leave belongings and valuables exposed or in plain view -- including in vehicles

— Palo Alto Online staff


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Posted by joel henner
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Mar 2, 2012 at 12:42 am

Do: Contact CPA Utilities to set up self-reading of your gas and electric meters behind your locked gates. It's easy, and you'll no longer have to worry about leaving your gate unlocked for meter reader access.

Do: Get involved, communicate with your neighbors, take personal responsibility for the safety and security of your community. Crime is a problem we can solve; be part of the solution.

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