Arlington Heights police received a report about 9:00 p.m. Saturday of a burglary in the 2300 block of North Drury Lane. Residents checked the whole house and then called police. An offender or offenders apparently broke into a back door. Arlington Heights police are investigating. An offender or offender(s) forcibly entered a rear sliding glass patio door, entered the residence and removed a flatware set for 12, loose coins and numerous pieces of jewelry.
The crime is reported to have occurred Saturday, October 2nd, 2010 between 1:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
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Burglary Prevention Tips …
Don’t keep a house key hidden outside.
Keep irreplaceable items in a high quality fire resistant safe or in off-site safety deposit box.
Maintenance … Keep trees and shrubs trimmed to prevent anyone from hiding near your house. Don’t let mail or newspapers pile up. Avoid leaving a driveway or sidewalk with snow cover for prolonged periods. Burglars look for these signs.
Install heavy duty dead bolts and reinforced door jams.
Install exterior doors at least 1-3/4 inch thick and made from solid wood or reinforced with metal.
Door locks that can be reached internally by breaking a window should have a keyhole, not a latch, on the inside.
Reinforce sliding glass doors with a stick or rod. Prevent sliding glass doors from being lifted out of frame.
Keep exterior doors well lit.
Prevent access through a mail slot, dryer vent, or pet entrance.
Keep your car locked inside the garage.
Use a heavy duty dead bolt on interior door between the garage and the house.
Automatic door openers.
Change the security code from the preinstalled settings.
Use devices that lock windows in the frame in the closed and open position.
Take a household inventory, preferrably with video documentation.
Mark important items with permanent identifying mark, such a a driver’s license number.
Alarm System …
Use an alarm system that is connected to a 24-HR security monitoring center that notifies the police department in case of alarm activation.
Test your alarm regularly and keep your emergency contact numbers updated.
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