Police offer cool-weather tips for protecting your home

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As temperatures drop and doors and windows are left open more often, Tempe police are asking residents to turn up the heat on criminals by safeguarding their homes and vehicles.

Working toward its number-one goal of fighting crime, the Tempe Police Department has launched a “winter crimes” operation to provide information about crimes that commonly occur during the winter months. The program runs through the end of January.

Monitoring of crime statistics through the use of high-tech data analysis will result in saturation patrols and precision-targeted operations, according to Tempe Police Sgt. Steve Carbajal.

Added South Patrol Commander Vince Boerbon:

“We are committed to remaining vigilant in our prevention and enforcement efforts to keep our community safe during this holiday season.”

Police ask that residents remember these tips:

  • All doors should be locked when at home and every time you leave the house.
  • Al entryways should have sturdy deadbolt locks installed into the door frame.
  • Be sure that the overhead garage door has a lock. Don’t rely solely on an automatic opener.
  • A dowel or a pin to secure a glass door should be installed to prevent the door from being shoved aside or lifted off the tracks.
  • Every window in a home should be equipped with a working lock or securely pinned.
  • Valuable items, such as television, stereos and computers should be inscribed with an identifying number.

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