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Burglar Smashes Window to Enter Newport Home

No items were stolen from the home on San Mateo Way, police say.

A burglar recently broke into a Newport Beach home while the resident was out of town, police reported.

The burglary took place sometime between Friday at 1 p.m. and Saturday at 9 a.m. at a home on San Mateo Way. According to police, an unknown suspect climbed up to the rear second story balcony and then smashed a bathroom window.

Police say it is unknown if the suspect stole anything from the house.

Home Security Tips:

- Close and lock all doors, windows and garage door.

- All exterior doors should be equipped with a deadbolt lock, which should always be used have a security strike plate, attached with a minimum of two, three inch screws.

- If you have an alarm, always activate it when you are away.

- Use photo cells or timers to turn both interior and exterior lights on and off.

- If you are going to be out of town, ask a trusted friend or neighbor to check on your home and pick up your mail. Signup for a vacation check from the police department at www.nbpd.org

Don't Open the Doors to Strangers:

- Install and use a peephole with a minimum 190 degree view.

- When you go to the door, have your phone with you.

- Acknowledge you are home without opening the door.

- If the individual acts suspiciously, call the police department immediately and provide them with a description of the subject and why you thought their behavior was suspicious.

Call police immediately if you see suspicious activity in your neighborhood at 949-644-3717.

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