Several burglaries have taken place at Madrona homes and businesses over the last few weeks, and although one of the suspects was recently apprehended, an overall uptick in crime in the neighborhood means it’s more important than ever to make sure your home is secure. Here are some tips from the Seattle Police Department’s crime prevention coordinator:
- Many burglars gain entry through unlocked windows, so make sure they are locked any time you leave the house (including second-story windows). If your windows slide horizontally, the addition of a wooden rod in the window track adds extra security. Close the blinds when you are away to block views of valuables inside your house.
- Make sure your exterior doors are strong and have at least a 1″ deadbolt.
- Consider adding motion sensory lighting, especially in dark, secluded backyards.
- Always answer the door when you’re at home. This doesn’t mean open it to just anyone, but talk through the door to make any potential burglars aware that the house is occupied. If you’re home alone, make them think there are others in the house by yelling “I’ll get it!” or something similar, to further deter them.
- Consider a security system if you don’t already have one set up.
- Mail theft is especially rampant during the holidays, when many residents are having gifts delivered to their homes. If you’re not at home during the day, have packages delivered to your workplace or to the home of a trusted neighbor who can be present for delivery.
- Most importantly, don’t wait to call 911 until after something happens. Let police know at the first sign of suspicious activity.
Multiple neighbors have also reported that a possibly stolen United States Postal Service truck has been seen several times in the neighborhood over the past few weeks, along with men wearing headlamps lurking around homes and claiming to be mailmen. If you see one of these suspicious men or a mail truck in the neighborhood at an unusual time of day, call 911 right away.