ST. CHARLES – St. Charles police hope some crime prevention tips can help continue to decrease the amount of burglaries reported in the city, according to a news release.
The number of burglary reports filed has been going down the last couple of years, but they still occur, the news release said.
A frequent crime reported to St. Charles police is burglary to a motor vehicle. This is considered a crime of opportunity because someone will enter a vehicle and remove cash or other items that can be sold quickly for cash, such as GPS units, cellphones, wallets, purses, briefcases, cameras and stereos, according to the release.
St. Charles police suggest that residents park in well-lit areas if they will not return to their cars until the evening.
Windows should be closed and doors locked, even if the car is left alone for only a short time.
Police also advise not leaving valuables in plain sight inside a vehicle.
Shopping packages should be placed in the trunk, and vehicles should be parked in garages whenever possible, according to the release.
Vehicles parked outside overnight should be parked close to the home or residence under outside lights.
Car alarms should be operational and ready to activate.
Residential burglaries continue to be reported on occasion in St. Charles, according to the release.
Police suggest making homes look occupied and difficult to enter.
All outside doors and windows, including garage doors, should be locked before leaving the house or going to bed.
Residents who will be away from their home for an extended period of time should connect some lamps to automatic timers to turn on in the evening and off during the day.
The St. Charles Police Department has a “Vacation Watch” program, which notifies police officers that a home will be unoccupied for a given period of time.
Since push-button locks on doorknobs are easy for burglars to open, police suggest installing deadbolt locks on all outside doors.
There also are special locks available for sliding glass doors, which can be vulnerable to burglar entry, according to the release.
St. Charles police urge residents to call 911 if they see any suspicious activity, so officers can investigate the incident.