Representatives within the San Mateo Sheriff’s Department are pleased to report that residential burglaries have come down drastically within the past 90 days.
A total of 26 home-burglaries were reported as having taken place during the first four months of the year.
The department responded to this uptick by meeting with community groups and formulating a plan. Part of that plan involved the creation of several new neighborhood watch groups.
What happened over the next several months was nothing short of amazing. Residential burglaries fell by more than half. Just 12 were reported during the next 90-day reporting period.
A spokesperson for the San Mateo Sheriff’s Department has said they are happy to see such positive results. When communities come together, it is possible incite change.
Crimes against property are down, they said, but this is not to say it has gone away entirely. Other local neighborhoods are continuing to report problems of their own.
Deputies have said that it is important that they do not become complacent, and that proactive policing is still the best approach.
Residents are still urged to take precautions. When you leave your home be sure to lock your doors and windows. Don’t leave valuables out in plain view. Remember to lock garage entry side doors.
Write down and store the serial numbers to expensive electronics, such as flat-screen televisions, phones, computers, DVR players and other high-ticket items.
Anyone who believes they see suspicious activity are urged to call law enforcement right away. Deputies have asked that you not intervene on your own. You can never know if a potential burglar is armed and/or dangerous.
All suspicious activity should be reported to 911 operators as soon as you spot it.
For more information on how to keep your home safe contact the San Mateo Sheriff’s Department.