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Racine Police-Burglary Prevention Tips

rapd 1With the Christmas Holiday Season upon us, the objective of this communication is to raise citizen awareness regarding the increased threat of burglaries and thefts. The following safety tips are being shared to assist in preventing burglaries and thefts during this Holiday Season.

National statistics show that a large percentage of residential burglaries occur during the daytime hours when homes are unoccupied. Most burglary offenders seek targets of convenience and locations of opportunity. Simple precautionary steps, such as securing ground floor windows, garage doors, etc. can prevent, or deter break-ins. For homes with window air conditioning units that remain installed year-round, extra effort should be made to reinforce such installations so that the security of the home is not compromised or easily defeated.

Also, during the Christmas Season, criminals seek to locate easy targets in shopping center parking lots, such as vehicles containing gifts and other valuables. By keeping packages locked in the trunk or stored out of plain view, and by keeping all doors locked at all times, citizens will significantly reduce the likelihood of being victimized.

Remember to make arrangements to have newspapers and mail collected by someone if you will be away from home for an extended period of time (or have delivery placed on hold), as uncollected mail and papers is an indicator that a home is not occupied. Also remember to break down boxes that bring attention to recently purchased big ticket items. Turn collapsed boxes inside out before placing curbside or wait until trash is being picked up to discard.

We currently enjoy a statistical downward trend in burglaries during the past three years. We have you, the members of the City of Racine, to thank for your support in this regard. Please continue to report suspicious activity when observed.

If you see suspicious activity or people, gather as much information as possible, such as clothing description, physical description, vehicle information, and contact police immediately at (262) 886-2300 or 911 subject to the circumstances. Callers who wish to remain anonymous may contact Crime Stoppers at (262) 636-9330, or text 274637 (CRIMES). Text message should begin with RACS.
For additional home security information, please visit the City of Racine web site at cityofracine.org and click on the police link.