Moorestown has seen its fair share of burglaries in recent months, including one earlier this week in which two residents returned home to find their front door kicked in and a man and woman inside in the process of robbing them.
Prompted by these incidents, Moorestown Police released a list of helpful tips aimed at preventing residential, and vehicle, burglaries. Some are common sense suggestions, while others are less obvious:
Make your home look occupied, and make it difficult to break in.
Lock all outside doors and windows before you leave the house or go to bed. Even if it is for a short time, lock your doors.
Leave lights on when you go out. If you are going to be away for a length of time, connect some lamps to automatic timers to turn them on in the evening and off during the day.
Keep your garage door closed and locked.
Don't allow daily deliveries of mail, newspapers or flyers build up while you are away. Arrange with the post office to hold your mail, or arrange for a friend or neighbor to take them regularly.
Arrange for your lawn to be mowed if you are going away for an extended time.
Pushbutton locks on doorknobs are easy for burglars to open. Install deadbolt locks on all your outside doors.
Sliding glass doors are vulnerable. Special locks are available for better security.
Have adequate exterior lighting. Motion-sensitive lights are recommended for the outside perimeter.
Trim trees and shrubs so that they cannot be used as hiding places for intruders.
The police also offered tips for those who find themselves victims of a break-in:
Do not enter the home—the perpetrator may still be inside.
Do not touch anything or clean up until the police have inspected for evidence.
Write down the license plate numbers of any suspicious vehicles. Note the descriptions of any suspicious persons.
To prevent car burglaries, take the following precautions:
Do not leave valuables (cell phones, laptops, wallets, purses, etc.) in plain view.
Do not leave windows or sunroof open.
Do not leave keys and starter FOBs in the vehicle.
Do not leave the garage door opener in plain view.