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News Release

Wednesday, January 9, 2002

Media Relations

Personal Security XII - Home Safety Tips

Los Angeles: Now that the Holiday Season is over, many people have filled their homes with new and expensive items which present thieves with an opportunity which can have heart-breaking results. The following are a few tips that can help keep intruders from entering your home to commit any crime. In addition, a few tips are presented for those who live in apartments or condominiums in Los Angeles.

KEY CONTROL

  • Give a duplicate house key to a relative, trusted friend or neighbor in case you are ever locked out;
  • Do not hide house keys in mailboxes, in planters, under doormats, or other places they might be easily found. This will prevent a criminal from finding an easy way into your home;
  • Do not place personal identification on key rings;
  • Be able to separate your car key from all of your other keys. You can purchase a detachable key ring for this purpose;
  • Leave only your ignition key with the car when it is valet parked, serviced or repaired; and
  • If you lose the keys to your home, change the locks as soon as possible.

APARTMENTS AND CONDOMINIUMS

  • Always lock the doors to common areas and garages;
  • When leaving or entering a garage, be sure the door closes and locks behind you before moving on;
  • Do not leave the garage door opener in your car. If stolen, it provides easy access to your building;
  • Organize regular meetings to discuss security issues;
  • Contact neighbors in your complex whenever a crime occurs so they may take appropriate precautions; and
  • Never use a laundry room alone or late at night. Do your laundry during the day and invite a friend or neighbor to do their laundry with you.

For additional information or to obtain a copy of any number of crime prevention circulars available, please contact the Community Liaison/Crime Prevention Unit, at 213-485-3134, or visit our "Crime Prevention Tips" section.

This media advisory was prepared by Public Information Officer Guillermo Campos, Media Relations Section, 213-485-3586.