PALMDALE – In continuing its effort to warn and protect residents against home burglaries, Palmdale Sheriff’s Station has again released details on recent home break-ins reported within Palmdale.
There were five residential burglaries and two attempted residential burglaries reported last week (Aug. 11-17) in Palmdale, officials said.
The following is a breakdown of last week’s home break-ins along with safety tips on how residents can protect their homes from burglary.
Palmdale home burglaries reported Aug. 11-17, 2013
On Sunday, August 11, four burglaries and one attempted burglary were reported. Between 12 and 1:40 p.m., a residence was burglarized on the 1000 block of Blossom Court. The suspect(s) entered an open garage and went into the residents’ unlocked vehicle. The residents were home at the time of the burglary, but did not hear anything. (ref -11388)
Between 4 and 6:15 p.m., a residence was burglarized on the 2800 block of Fairfield Avenue. The suspect(s) entered the house through the bathroom window, which had a malfunctioning lock. No one was home at the time of the burglary. (ref -11382)
Between 5 and 5:30 p.m., a residence was burglarized on the 36800 block of Caldron Street. The suspect(s) kicked open the side garage door. Once inside the garage, the suspect(s) forced open the door leading into the house. No one was home at the time of the burglary. (ref -11337)
At approximately 7 p.m., an attempted burglary occurred on the 37900 block of Big Rock Drive. The house was vacant, and a repairman was at the location during the attempt. The suspects opened a rear window (causing the window lock to bend). However, the repairman frightened them away. (ref – 11344)
The home burglary occurred sometime between July 27 and Aug. 11, also on the 37900 block of Big Rock Drive. The suspect(s) gained entry by smashing a rear window to the house. (ref -11364)
On Thursday, August 15, one attempted burglary was reported on the 2500 block of Desert Oak Drive. The residents were home at the time. At approximately 12 p.m., someone rang the doorbell repeatedly. The residents looked through the window and saw a person whom they did not recognize. The residents did not answer the door, nor did they acknowledge the doorbell. A few minutes later, the front door knob was jiggled by the suspect. The residents still did not announce they were inside. The suspect then went into the backyard and the residents lost sight of him. No further attempt was made by the suspect. (ref -11580)
On Friday, August 16, one burglary was reported. Between 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., a residence was burglarized on the 37800 block of Mangrove Drive. The suspect(s) gained entry by smashing a rear window. No one was home during the burglary. (ref -11667)
If you have any information regarding these burglaries, contact the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station Detectives 661-272-2400. You can also provide information anonymously to Crime Stopper by calling 800-222-8477.
10 Burglary Prevention Tips
- Never leave doors or windows unlocked when leaving home, including second floor windows.
- Secure all obvious points of entry to your home. Pretend you are the burglary and plan how you would break into your own house. Install secondary locking devices (such as anti-lift devices, through-the-door pins, or track screws).
- Create the illusion that you are home using timers on lights, radios, and televisions.
- Use a timer or photocell to automatically turn on lights at dusk. Leave porch lights on throughout the night, even when you are home.
- Keep shrubbery near doors and windows trimmed. Don’t provide the burglars with a hiding place or climbing platform.
- Avoid displaying valuable items such as TVs and computers near windows with open drapes or shades.
- Use highly visible alarms signs, “Beware of Dog” signs, or Neighborhood Watch decals.
- Don’t leave your garage door transmitter in your vehicle, or at least keep it out of view (the visor is not a good place). Also keep the door locked leading from the garage into the house. If the burglar gets into your car you don’t want to give him/her easy access to your garage and then your house.
- Keep extra keys out of sight and in a safe place. Never hide a key outside, most hiding places are obvious to burglars.
- Organize a Neighborhood Watch group to protect your neighborhood. Contact the City of Palmdale’s Public Safety Office at (661)267-5170 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you see suspicious people or vehicles in your neighborhood, contact the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station at 661-272-2400.
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