(Rossmoor, 7/22/2014) The Orange County Sheriff’s Dept. reports that Rossmoor continues to experience home burglaries, including entry during daylight hours when homes are occupied. Burglaries of home while occupied can lead to more serious problems.
If it’s happening in Rossmoor, it could be happening across the Boulevard in Los Alamitos, and quite possibly in Seal Beach and Cypress as well.
This could be a case of burglars taking advantage of open windows caused by the heat. It might also be young people who are out of school with time on their hands.
Things you can do:
- If you see a suspicious person(s) or if you see a suspicious vehicle in your neighborhood, CALL 911 or Police Dispatch! We are the eyes and ears of law enforcement.
- Call 911 even when in doubt! Err on the side of caution. Watchful neighbors can often notice if something or someone seems out of place. The last time a home was burglarized on my block, at least one neighbor thought the van looked suspicious, but didn’t bother calling. “When in doubt, call it out!”
- If you’re opening windows to cool off your home in the morning or evening, take steps to make it harder for burglars to enter, like placing a fan in the window that’s turned on, only opening the window part way, with a security latch or dowel to prevent someone opening it wide enough to enter, put up a “beware of dog” sign or two, have TV or radio or both on, don’t open windows that are easily accessed, plant bouganvillas or cypress/spruce or lots of roses in front of your windows to discourage access.
- That burglary on my street occurred during a day when some soap salespeople were working the neighborhood. So ask solicitors if they have a city or county permit. If they don’t, tell them to go to City Hall or the County Offices and get one! Note what they are wearing and look like and what direction they’re headed. Then, if they don’t leave the neighborhood call the police and report them.