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Home Burglary Prevention Tips

Good afternoon –

Our Redwood City Police Department offers these quick tips for helping to prevent your home from being burglarized. Please feel free to distribute these to your neighbors – and go to to see other useful information, including links to all of the Police Department’s online services.

And, for more information please watch this short video on Burglary Preventio:




Redwood City PD’s Burglary Prevention Tips

  1. Make your house look like someone is at home.
  2. On sliding glass doors, use a wooden dowel, or a track blocker to prevent opening.
  3. Always lock exterior doors and windows.
  4. Don’t hide your house key in close proximity to entry doors.
  5. Mark valuables with your driver’s license number, using an engraving tool; take photos of valuables.
  6. Secure guns in safes that are bolted to the floor or large enough that they would be very difficult to move.
  7. Establish relationships with your neighbors so that they will keep an eye on your home, especially if going out of town. Encourage neighbors to call the police if they see suspicious activity around your property. Give them contact numbers for reaching you.
  8. Start a neighborhood watch group in your neighborhood.
  9. If out of town, have a trusted neighbor collect mail, newspaper, packages; leave radio, lights on automatic timer, etc.
  10. Report suspicious people, door-to-door solicitation, strange vehicles in area, people asking for work, anyone with stories that don’t add-up, and anyone carrying items from someone’s home, or carrying back-packs, bags in the area.
  11. Be careful of who you invite into your home.

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