Police Chief Michael Lombardo has some burglary prevention tips for Wilton residents heading off on summer vacation. But the advice holds for any time of year.
He says the first thing people should do is ask if their home "is an easy target?" Homes are less likely to be targeted, the chief says, if they have an alarm placard on the lawn, have a light on at night and have shrubbery around windows to make it difficult for intruders to climb through them.
The chief also suggested getting to know your neighbors. If they know you're away they can watch for suspicious people and pick up mail so it doesn't pile up.
Lombardo also emphasized that burglaries do not occur only when people go away. He said homes are often hit while residents are away for short periods of time. Just keeping your doors locked is a deterrent, he said.
"There have been many times over the years in which a home was left unlocked for an hour or so, only for the resident to return and find that the premises were burglarized," Lombardo said.
The chief also urged motorists to keep valuables out of sight and car doors locked to lessen the chance of break-ins.
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