A recent rash of nighttime home burglaries has the Davis Police Department reminding residents to lock their doors and notify them of suspicious activity in their neighborhoods.
Officers have taken reports of six residential burglaries since Tuesday, Davis police Lt. Glenn Glasgow said. Most occurred between the hours of 10 p.m. and 8 a.m., with no obvious signs of forced entry. Electronics and other items were taken each time.
Two of the burglaries occurred at the Saragota West Apartments, 2121 Glacier Drive; two at the A Street Apartments, 224 A St.; one at the Villa Verde Apartments, 218 University Ave.; and one in the 700 block of Coolidge Place, Glasgow said.
“Crime prevention while on vacation or away from your home begins with making sure your home is protected while gone. The key is to make your home look like you never left,” Glasgow said in a news release.
The Police Department offers the following tips for safeguarding your home and valuables, especially with the holiday season approaching:
* Always lock your doors and windows, especially when away from your home and while sleeping;
* Keep shades and blinds in their normal positions;
* Stop mail and newspapers, or ask a trusted neighbor to pick them up every day;
* Put timers on several household lights so they turn on and off at appropriate times;
* Arrange to have yard work done while you are gone;
* Make sure all your door and window locks are in working order. Activate your home alarm;
* Leave a radio on low, or put it on a timer;
* Turn off the ringer on your phone and turn down the volume on your answering machine; and
* Allow a trusted neighbor to park in your driveway.
The Davis Police Department also encourages residents to use its Vacation House Check Program, and can assist with the creation of Neighborhood Watch groups. For more information, call 530-747-5411.
Anyone with information about the residential burglaries is urged to call the Police Department at 530-747-5400.