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Posted on: July 13, 2011

[ARCHIVED] Crime Alert - Residential Burglaries

Residential Burglary Advisory

In the past few months the Apple Valley Police Department has responded to many residential burglaries. In many of the incidents the victims reported that the suspects made entry into their garage and subsequently into their homes via an open overhead garage door and then an unlocked garage service door leading into the home. The burglaries are happening during the evening/overnight hours and sometimes when the victims are at home. Taken have been electronics, electronic games, jewelry, purses and miscellaneous items out of garages.

The Apple Valley Police Department offers free home premise surveys for anyone living in Apple Valley. We will come out to your house and check it for security features such as locks, lighting and landscaping. We will then make recommendations on what you can do to better secure your home. To take advantage of this service, simply call Crime Prevention Specialist Pam Walter at 952-953-2706 or email at to set up an appointment.

What you can do...

•Always shut your overhead garage door if you have one.
•Lock the service door that goes from your garage into your home. Use of a deadbolt lock is recommended.
•If you have a garage service door that goes outside, be sure that is locked. Again, use of a deadbolt lock is recommended.
•Remember to lock all doors and windows overnight and when you are gone from your home.
•Report all suspicious activity or if you realize you are a victim of any crime.
•If you park your vehicle outside, remember to lock it and remove your garage door opener if it is parked for an extended period of time or overnight.
•Secure any landscaping rock/materials and don't leave any items outside that may be used to break a window or vandalize your home/vehicles. (i.e. shovels, tools, rocks, etc.)
•If you notice a neighbor's garage door open late in the evening, please call your neighbor and notify them or close it for them.
•Leave outdoor lights on from dusk to dawn. Lighting is a very good crime deterrent.

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