Burglars recently stole items from unlocked homes in Newport Beach, police reported.
Around noon on Tuesday, May 22 a suspect entered an unlocked French door at a home in the 1600 block of Mariners Drive 11:50 a.m. Police say the suspect stole a GPS, camera, Nintendo Wii and jewelry and was seen by the victim as he fled through the side gate. The victim said the suspect was wearing all black clothing, a black hat and was wearing a black backpack.
On Monday, May 14 an unknown suspect entered an unlocked back window at a home in the 1600 block of Kent Lane sometime between 1:10 and 5:40 p.m.
Police say the suspect ransacked the home and took the victim's jewelry.
- To ensure the safety of your home, schedule an appointment for a free security inspection by calling Newport Beach police at 949-644-3699.
- Make sure the doors and windows of your home are locked at all times.
- Install a deadbolt lock in all doors leading from your garage to your home or outside.
- Use a vacation bolt or padlock in the garage door’s track, ¼ inch above the roller when the door is in a closed position. This will prevent the door from opening in the event someone has a garage door opener with your door’s frequency.
- Cover your garage windows with curtains or blinds to prevent a burglar from seeing what you keep in your garage.
- It only takes seconds to remove property from an open garage, never leave your garage doors open even for short periods of time, when you are not present.
- Consider improving the lighting on your property, criminals like to work in the dark.
- Put your Neighborhood Watch to work. Make a strong commitment to knowing and watching out for each other.
Newport Beach police say if you arrive at your home and notice something out of place that leads you to think someone has been in your home while you were out, go to a safe location and call 911. If you notice suspicious activity in your neighborhood, call 949-644-3717 immediately.