Members of the Orinda Police Department are warning area residents that residential burglaries are on the rise.
Thieves seem to be targeting easy to carry, high value items. The expensive televisions and desktop computers are being left behind. They are instead taking jewelry, watches, laptops and in some cases, even silverware.
A total of 10 burglaries took place in May, 11 in June and eight in July. The number for last month are down, but in the past 90 days, they are slightly up from previous reporting periods.
Orinda Police officers are committed to doing everything they can to reverse that trend.
Daytime incidents are the ones that are most frequent. In these types of cases the burglars will sneak in through an open door or window after verifying the resident isn’t home. Most people work during daylight hours, which makes houses an easy target.
Guns are being taken. Gold is being pilfered. Anything that looks like it’s worth money and can carried out easily is up for grabs.
Members of the Orinda Police Department have advised residents that there are things they can do to be proactive. Make sure your windows and doors are locked each and every time you leave your home. It does not matter if you are running to the market around the corner of if you are leaving for the day.
If you leave at night, make sure a porch light is on. If you can set an interior light to go on with a timer, that will also help. Residents who have alarm systems are urged to set them. A couple recent burglary attempts were thwarted by these types of systems.
Lastly, expensive jewelry that is not frequently worn should reportedly be kept at a safe deposit box at the bank. Other valuables, according to police, are best stored in a safe.
For more tips on how to keep your home safe contact the Orinda Police Department.