West Side Senior News & Notes
Summit County prosecutor offers tips to deter burglars
DOWNTOWN AKRON — According to an alert from Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh, her office has seen an increase in cases involving burglaries and break-ins within the senior community.
Her office provided the following tips to deter and prevent criminals from burglarizing a home:
- Tell friends and neighbors you trust if you plan to go out of town or are expecting deliveries. If they know, they will be more likely to notice if something is amiss and will spot unexpected visitors at your home.
- If you will be away, set timers to switch lights on and off at random. Also, put a hold on your mail or have a trusted neighbor collect your mail until you return.
- Do not hide spare keys in a planter, underneath a doormat, in the mailbox or above the door. Criminals know these common hiding spots and can gain easy access to your house. Instead, be sure to give a spare key to a trusted neighbor or friend.
- Be cautious about who you let in your home. If you are not expecting anyone, don’t open the door until you have verified they are genuine.
- Consider purchasing a home alarm system, specifically one monitored 24 hours a day by a security company. Alarm system signs can deter criminals from entering your home. If the criminal does get into your house, your alarm system will sound an immediate alert of a home burglary. If monitored by a security company, they will notify law enforcement of any incident.
Ariel Hakim contributed to this report.
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