PALMDALE – Home break-ins continue to plague Palmdale. Last week (Aug. 4-10), Palmdale residents reported six home burglaries and one attempted home burglary, authorities said.
In a community alert issued Tuesday, Palmdale safety officials gave details on each recent home burglary and reiterated how residents can protect their homes from burglars.
Palmdale home burglaries reported Aug. 4-10, 2013
On August 4, one burglary was reported. The burglary occurred in the evening hours at a residence in the 39400 block of Southcliff Way. The suspect(s) attempted to pry the rear door and removed the screens to two rear windows. Entry was gained through one of those rear windows, which may have been left unlocked by the resident. No one was home at the time of the burglary. (ref -10991)
On August 6, three burglaries were reported. In the morning at approximately 8:30 a.m., a residence was burglarized on the 3100 block of Fern Avenue. The residents were home during the incident, and heard someone ring their doorbell several times. They looked through a window and did not recognize the person. The residents did not answer the door, nor did they acknowledge the person. A few minutes later, the residents heard someone jiggle the front door handle. Again, the residents did not make it known they were inside. The suspect then kicked open the front door. The suspect saw that the residents were home and immediately ran from the house. (ref -11050)
Also in the morning hours, a home was burglarized on the 6800 block of Buchet Street. No one was home during the burglary, and it is not known how the suspect(s) gained entry to the house. (ref -11085)
During the night, a residence was burglarized on the 4160 block of East Avenue R. Entry was gained through the bedroom window, which had a malfunctioning lock. No one was home at the time of the burglary. (ref -11047)
On August 8, one burglary was reported. During the evening hours, a residence was burglarized on the 4900 block of Essex Drive. The suspect(s) gained entry through a rear bedroom window, which had an apparently malfunctioning lock. No one was home during the burglary. (ref -11212)
On August 9, one attempted burglary was reported. The actually attempt occurred sometime between July 28 and Aug. 5 at a residence on the 38300 block of Division Street. The suspect(s) attempted to open a rear window. However, the window was locked and further secured with a piece of wood in the window frame. No one was home during the burglary attempt. (ref -11222)
On August 10, one burglary was reported. During the morning hours, a home was burglarized on the 37600 block of Lasker Avenue. No one was home during the burglary, and it is not known how the suspect(s) entered the house. (ref -11279)
If you have any information regarding these burglaries, contact Palmdale Sheriff’s Station Detectives at 661-272-2400. To remain anonymous, call CrimeStoppers at 800-222-TIPS.
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.