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Police Respond to Recent Break-Ins With Advice to Rochester-Area Homeowners

Make your home look occupied and difficult to break into, police advise.

Reports of multiple break-ins in Rochester and Rochester Hills and across Oakland County this month have police issuing warnings and tips to area homeowners.

Over the weekend, three home invasions were reported in Rochester. (Read Rochester Police Chief Warns Public About Recent Break-Ins

And in the past three weeks there have been multiple break-ins reported in Rochester Hills.

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On Tuesday, Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard issued a news release advising residents to take "simple steps to make your home more difficult to enter and less enticing to would-be burglars."

Bouchard urged residents to make your home look occupied and difficult to break into by following these tips:

  • Use motion sensitive lights on the exterior of your home.
  • Install deadbolt locks on all exterior doors.
  • Keep your garage door, exterior doors and windows locked even when you are home.
  • If you do leave your windows open, use a locking device to prevent it from being opened all the way.
  • Install special track locks on sliding glass doors and windows to prevent them from being forced or pried open.
  • Be sure valuables in your home are not visible from the street.
  • Use blinds and drapes on windows to conceal these items. 
  • Trim trees and shrubs near doors and window to limit hiding places close to your home. 
  • If going on vacation, have a trusted neighbor pick up your newspapers and mail so these items don’t accumulate and alert burglars of your absence.
  • Arrange for them to keep an eye on your home, even taking care of mowing the lawn. 
  • If you see a vehicle or someone who is loitering around the homes in your area, call your local police. 
  • Leave lights on when you go out.
  • If you are away for an extended period of time connect your lights to automatic timers.
laurie puscas March 27, 2013 at 03:48 PM
It would help if The Detroit Free Press would stop blanketing the neighborhoods with unsubscribed and unwanted newspapers. Newspapers sitting at the ends of driveways are a clear giveaway that someone isn't home. They should be fined for littering if they do not stop this practice.
Ron Harman March 27, 2013 at 06:34 PM
This Garbage laden rubbish is being thrown on our driveways throughout Rochester. Our City Council came down on this "Stuff" being scattered throughout our neighborhoods. Last time it was happening someone reported who was responsible and our Police stopped them. Anyone who might know who is responsible please contact the City Offices @ 248-651-9061 or email me at rgh4141@gmail.com.
James Kelly March 30, 2013 at 04:33 PM
WHAT is this "Garbage laden rubbish"? I haven't noticed anything save the usual flyers in my door (West of Main St.)
Ron Harman March 30, 2013 at 09:37 PM
James? You are one of the lucky ones.
Patricia April 07, 2013 at 01:56 PM
Lighting should be shielded and contained to the property it originates on-unfortunate, glare and these overly bright lights directed into other peoples property and windows actually causes the loss of safety, visibility and privacy on the other person's property not to mention the use and enjoyment of their private property. In addition, with overly bright and lights not directed to the owners property it actually forces people to heavily cover all windows and have absolutely no visibility-that's an invitation for crime. It is a proven fact bright lights and light trespass/stray lighting do not deter crime. In addition security is an individual choice for that individuals property. Motion sensors going on and off 22-35 times a night are a nuisance. Many times they are not set to that property and are set into neighbors, trees, streets etc and are set so that sleet, rain and blowing leaves set them off. Security lights need to be shielded and set appropriate. This way if they go off they will be noticed and not be the constant "the sky is falling the sky is falling" that everyone ignores-also, aim them so the homeowner sees them---and keep the lights out of other neighbors windows, especially bedrooms. Crime is prevented by good lighting that does not produce glare and over lighting/stray lighting, and scatter light. It is not necessary to illuminate through a neighbors entire house or property to provide security. Residential neighborhoods are not Comerica Park.

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