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Crime Alert: Burglar Steals Checkbook From Unlocked Home

The incident occurred on Poppy Avenue.

A suspect snuck into an unlocked Newport Beach home this week, police reported today.

The burglary took place sometime between Monday at 3 p.m. and Tuesday at 8:30 a.m., at a home in the 300 block of Poppy Avenue. Police say the unknown suspect entered into the home through an unsecured bedroom window, stole a laptop and checkbook and fled through the kitchen door.

Safety Tips:

  • 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 interior and exterior 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 see suspicious activity, vehicles, or people call the Newport Beach Police Department immediately at 949-644-3717.

Bill Warmington May 24, 2012 at 05:46 PM
As asked on numerous times, how many break ins, car break ins, home robberies have taken place in Newport PD!'s patrol area from this yr this date compared to the year before ? As stated I believe their needs to be a city session or what ever to determine if the current PD needs extra support or outside help to solve this crisis ! With all the problems during the past years with the PD , we may need a change.
Nisha Gutierrez-Jaime (Editor) May 24, 2012 at 06:10 PM
Bill you can find stats on garage burglaries in this previous story http://patch.com/A-sGXS and a story regarding the stats on home burglaries is in the works

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