Kalamazoo, MI: Kalamazoo Public Safety has had a recent increase in home invasions throughout the city, and a common denominator with many of these crimes is that the homeowner left the home unlocked. With the upcoming holiday season and many people travelling, Kalamazoo Public Safety would like to offer some tips to prevent home invasions.
The following tips are offered to prevent burglaries: Lock all doors and windows of a residence whether anyone is home or not; Do not leave messages on doors or voicemails describing absences; Keep doorways well lit at night; Install deadbolt locks on all outside doors; Keep garage doors closed and locked even when someone is home; Do not leave valuables in plain sight of passersby; Record serial numbers/take photographs or video of valuables and place the records in a safe area, possibly away from the home; for absences of several days, cancel mail or news paper deliveries or have a trusted friend pick those items up; Spare keys should be kept with trusted neighbors or friends, not under the doormat or on a ledge; secure sliding glass doors with appropriate security bars; install motion detector lights in backyards; and finally, keep in mind that many home invasions take place during the daytime while people are away from home—not just under the cover of darkness.
Kalamazoo Public Safety would like to remind everyone to report suspicious activity immediately using 9-1-1 for emergencies, or by contacting Kalamazoo Public Safety dispatch at 269-337-8994 for non-emergencies.
Date: November 22, 2011
Address: 150 E. Crosstown Pkwy., Suite A, Kalamazoo, MI 49001
Contact: Captain Donald Webster (269) 337-8142