WILTON, Conn. – Summer is now in full swing and I want to take this opportunity to provide residents with some safeguards which will assist in protecting their property.
Many of us will be traveling during this time of the year, leaving behind an empty home. When you are away from home for an extended period, it is recommended that you have your mail and newspapers either stopped or picked up daily. An accumulation of mail or newspapers is testament that no one is at home.
Become familiar with your neighbors and watch for suspicious activity and report any such activity to the police department. If you know that a neighbor is away, be observant of unexpected cars or people at the home and phone police if you see anything of concern.
You can also call the police department and inform us when you will be away and that your home will be vacant for an extended time. An officer will, as time permits, make periodic checks of the exterior of the home and make sure that it is secure.
Residents should always take precautions when leaving home, even for short periods of time. There have been more than a few instances over the years when a residence was left unlocked for a brief time only for the resident to return and find that they had become the victim of a burglary.
The sense of personal intrusion is unpleasant. Homes have been specifically targeted because they were left open or unlocked. This also applies to those who leave a car unlocked with valuables inside that are clearly visible to anyone. Countless times, there have been automobiles broken into in Wilton and an iPod, GPS, laptop computer, cash or other items of value were taken. Wilton is not unique in this area of crime, as it occurs in each community with frequency.
The key to prevention is making it more difficult for a potential intruder to enter your home, business or vehicle. Automobiles that are less likely to be broken into are those that do not have valuables in plain sight and are locked. That is not to say that your car will not be entered otherwise, but the less inviting it is to a criminal, the more likely they will move on to another car.
The same applies to a home. A residence that is marked with alarm placards, has lights on at night and shrubbery that does not allow a hiding place is less likely to be targeted for burglary.
You should ask yourself what kind of a message your home sends to a potential burglar? Is it an easy target? A burglary occurs in the United States approximately every 15 seconds. Most burglaries occur during the daytime and during the summer months. Don’t become a victim of a crime that you may be able to prevent by taking some easy steps.
The Wilton Police Department offers a free crime prevention security assessment of any resident’s home or business. An officer will meet with you and conduct a survey of your property. The officer will recommend steps you can take to prevent and deter a potential crime. Those who are interested in these services may call the department at 203-834-6260.
I wish each of you and your families a safe and enjoyable summer.
Chief Michael Lombardo
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