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Burglars are Targeting Aliso Viejo Deputies, City Warn

Several day time crimes homes have been committed within the city and in surrounding towns.

Orange County Sheriff’s deputies in Aliso Viejo and city officials warn residents to keep an eye out for suspicious activity following a rash of home burglaries in South Orange County.

Chief of Police Services Lt. John MacPherson asks residents to report suspicious people, vehicles or activities they may spot in their neighborhoods as burglars have broken into several homes during the day through rear-entry points.

"We are aware of several recent burglaries in the area, and I am deeply focused on this issue and keeping our community safe," MacPherson said through a statement posted on the city’s Facebook page.  "In light of these burglaries, I am encouraging residents to call us immediately anytime they see suspicious people or vehicles in their neighborhoods and to remember the following tips."

  • If a solicitor knocks on your door and seems suspicious, call police. Sometimes criminals disguise themselves as solicitors, so if the person seems suspicious, don't delay in calling police immediately.
  • Never leave doors or windows, including second-story entries, open or unlocked while away from home. Be sure to lock them before you go to bed.
  • Leave lights on when you go out. Place interior lights on timers to avoid coming into a dark home and to provide the appearance that someone is home.
  • Keep your garage door closed and locked.
  • Check your locks on doors and windows and replace them with secure devices as necessary.
  • Have adequate exterior lighting. A motion-sensitive light is recommended for backyards.
  • Trim trees and shrubs so that they cannot be used as hiding places for intruders.
  • If you have a home alarm system, use it!

"Again, it's important for people to act as additional eyes and ears in their neighborhoods," MacPherson wrote. "If there are vehicles or individuals who are strange to the area, call us immediately. If it's suspicious to you, there is probably something wrong."

Deputies ask the public to call 9-1-1 for emergencies and (949) 770-6011 for non-emergencies. For information about starting a Neighborhood Watch program or other crime prevention programs, call (949) 425-2563.

AVResident2 January 16, 2014 at 10:24 AM
I would add that, as a community, we should consider spending more time outdoors-walking our dogs, jogging, or simply strolling. The mere presence of more pedestrians might help to deter criminals. Additionally, there are the exercise related health benefits for both you and your pooch; and you get a chance to meet more of your neighbors.
AVResident2 January 16, 2014 at 10:36 AM
Just one more thought. Be careful, and closely watch contractors and their workers. Make sure that they do not “accidentally” leave unlocked a door or window which could potentially be used later by either themselves, or their friends, to burglarize your home when you are not present. Remember, chances are if they are spending any amount of time at your home, they also know your schedule.
MayMom January 17, 2014 at 09:30 AM
Create a neighborhood watch. Get to know your neighbors. We are so quick to come home and shut our garage doors and ignore what happens outside our own house. Know when someone is going on vacation, pick up their papers, get phone numbers, get involved. If something doesn't look right, call! Nobody ever wants to get involved, they are too busy or they are late or it's none of their business. Wrong! You would want somebody to do it for you - do it for them.
Vahan Elmayan January 22, 2014 at 06:19 PM
cameras outside to catch sight of them might be a good thing as well.
Tennickly January 24, 2014 at 11:40 AM
The headline says the burglars are targeting deputies. Punctuation is important to meaning. Also, what are "day time crimes homes"?

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