Residential Theft Prevention Tips

The Goleta Police Department wants to take this opportunity to remind our community members of these safety tips to help prevent residential theft especially during this holiday season. 

  • Keep all doors and windows closed and securely fastened. Doors should have deadbolt locks and all windows should also have locks.
  • Secure sliding glass doors by placing a metal rod or a wooden dowel rod in the track and install vertical bolts. This will help prevent burglars from forcing the door open or lifting it off the track.
  • Always lock the door to an attached garage. Do not rely on your automatic garage door opener for security.
  • Create the illusion that you are home by using timers on lights to make your residence appear occupied, even when no one is home.
  • Keep the perimeter of your home well lit. Installing outdoor lighting is a good way to discourage intruders.
  • Never leave clues that you are away on a trip. Have a trusted neighbor collect mail and deliveries while you are away. Be mindful of your social media and save the vacation photos until you are safely home.   
  • Lastly, report all suspicious activity to law enforcement when it is occurring or as soon as possible.