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Protect yourself from residential burglaries

February 23, 2018

Residential burglaries are occurring at an increased level region-wide. Burglars typically target easily accessible, unoccupied homes. The best strategy for protecting your residence while you are away is to make your home look and sound occupied. The Cerritos Sheriff's Station encourages residents to take the following precautions to avoid becoming a victim of a residential burglary:

  • Join Neighborhood Watch.
  • Participate in Operation Night Light and leave your porch light on overnight.
  • Lock your doors and windows when away.
  • Maintain landscaping and do not allow shrubbery to obscure doors and windows.
  • Remove mail, papers and pamphlets from street view.
  • Do not post travel photos on social media when you are out of town.
  • Leave a radio playing during the daytime and lights on at night.
  • Consider leaving an operable car parked in your driveway to feign occupancy.
  • Post "alarm" and "beware of dog" signs.
  • Lock your backyard gate.
  • Reinforce your front door with "kick"-resistant locks, floor bolts and long patio screws.
  • Install and use alarm and camera systems.
  • Install a doorbell with an Internet camera connection.
  • Install "shatter resistant" security film on your first-floor glass windows and patio door(s).
  • Purchase a safe that is UL rated "residential security container" or higher.

For more residential burglary prevention tips, call the City's Community Safety Division at (562) 916-1266 or visit the Safer Cerritos website at


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