Thursday, June 30, 2011

Tips On Avoiding Home Burglary From Seattle Police Crime Prevention Coordinator

Terrie Johnston, Seattle Police North Precinct Crime Prevention Coordinator,  has sent out some helpful tips on how to avoid a home burglary.

She states in her email that there have been about 85 reported burglaries in the North Precinct neighborhoods ( about 35 in total) since the beginning of June. Of those, 45  were non-forced entry burglaries, meaning that the burglar entered through an open or unlocked door or window, or had a key. 

Here are some tips she offers from lessons learned from this month's burglaries:
  • Opened windows on the upper floors may be just the opportunity the would-be thief is seeking.   Crooks used plastic lawn chairs, patio furniture, ice chest, garden pots and in one case a ladder to climb up onto the 2nd floor and came in through open windows. 
  • Pet doors were the method of entry in several of the burglaries, so be aware.  
  • Back doors were popular this month, so reconsider how easy it is for your watchful neighbors to see onto your back yards. 
  • The victims’ tools which were left out were used to pry open a rear basement door, and again on the door leading into the upstairs. 
  • Decorative rocks and bricks were thrown through back windows in a few of these crimes. 

Terrie is available to schedule a free assessment of your home’s security. She can be reached by email at or by phone at 206-684-7711.

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