Crime-prevention tips for warm weather

Warm weather is here, and that means more time spent in the yard and windows opened wide to catch cool breezes. It also means more opportunities for criminals to break into your residence or vehicle. We already received one report of an attempt to push in a screen on a front door. Luckily the homeowner heard the commotion and was able to frighten the would-be burglar away.

Here are a few things to remember to help you stay safe this summer:

Protect your home:

  • Lock all of your doors, including the door leading to your house from your garage.
  • Close and lock windows on the ground floor at night and when you are away from home.
  • Place a security bar between a patio door and the door jam. Unlocked patio doors or flimsy patio-door locks are common entry points for burglars.
  • Keep your garage door shut, even if you are home.
  • Use light timers when leaving your home for the evening or for an extended period of time.

Protect your vehicle:

  • Always lock your car, even if it is in the driveway. Remember that leaving a garage door opener in an unlocked car is like leaving a key to your home in plain sight.
  • Remove valuables from your car.
  • Park in your garage whenever possible.

Finally, one of the best crime prevention tools is a good neighbor. Take advantage of the warm weather and get to know the people who live around you. Having friendly eyes and ears around can go a long way toward preventing and discouraging criminal activity.

More crime prevention tips from the Reno Police Department.