- Use your locks. Even the best locks can't protect you if you don't use them. Make sure to lock your windows and patio doors as well.
- Do some yard work. Trim hedges and bushes so thieves can't hide out, particularly around entryways and windows.
- Know your neighbors. Neighbors who look out for each other are among the best, and least expensive, defenses against crime.
- Make sure your home is well-illuminated so burglars can't hide from pedestrians and motorists.
- Notify the Woodridge Police Department when leaving for vacation so they can provide an extra watch of your residence.
- Call 911 to report suspicious activity. If you hesitate, it might be too late.
- Be alert at all times and report any suspicious subjects/vehicles in your neighborhood.
- KEEP YOUR HOME LOCKED (even when you’re in the yard).
- Do not allow anyone access to your home without a proper appointment and verification (i.e., picture ID’s and/or written correspondence); when in doubt, call the police.
- Be suspicious of anyone who knocks on your door with an offer that sounds “TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE.”
- Finally, never pay for work in advance; always pay at the conclusion of the job.
Motor Vehicle BurglaryMany motor vehicle burglaries are often the result of unlocked vehicles. Please read the following recommendations on how to further protect yourself from a car burglary.
Hide your valuables.
Do not leave personal or valuable items in plain view; this includes GPS systems. Avoid using the console or glove box as mobile lock boxes. Rather, residents are encouraged to lock all valuables inside the trunk or store them in your home.
Keep your car visible.
Try to park in busy well-lighted areas. This will help to prevent car burglaries because thieves do not like the light and the public attention. It’s also a good idea for personal safety.
Trust your instincts.
If you see suspicious activity, find somewhere else to park. Do not confront anyone: If you're concerned, report your suspicions to the police. By reporting suspicious activity to the proper authorities, you can help prevent others from becoming a victim of a car burglary or another crime.
Make burglaries difficult.
Always check to make sure your doors are locked and windows are rolled up. If you have a security system, make sure to activate it when you exit the vehicle.