Sedona AZ (February 1, 2013) – The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office is alerting residents that on Sunday between 9:00 a.m. and Noon, burglaries occurred in area homes while the residents attended church services. Among the items stolen was a firearm.
- Burglary #1 Entered through an unlocked front door and removed over $8,000 in firearm, goods and cash.
- Burglary #2 Entered by pulling the key-knob lock off of a side door. YCSO awaits the inventory of stolen goods.
Your home protection starts at the outer perimeter of your house. Check your locks; you should always lock your doors with good quality door hardware. Knob locks will always need a secondary lock like a dead bolt or rim lock. Windows should be pinned or doweled.
An electronic household security system with off-site alerts and cameras are another layer of safety. Exterior motion activated floodlights are silent warnings of possible intruders.
Exterior doors with glass panels? Install a dead bolt across the bottom or top of the door, not where the thief can reach in and flick the bolt release easily. No window should ever be left open and unlocked while you are away from home – that’s an invitation to a thief, experienced or inexperienced.
Best home invasion deterrent according to a national survey of thieves? Dogs.
SedonaEye.com Paws Up Star Columnist, Harley McGuire, says the best place to find a protective house pal is at the local animal rescue. Our Texas Paws Up straight-shooter knows his stuff, so trust him on this one! Harley’s Village of Oak Creek pal, Inoch, seconds that advice.
For these and other tips, YCSO has a booklet called “A Guide to Home Security” that provides step-by-step instructions how to perform a home security check. Contact the YCSO at 928-777-7223 to request that a copy be mailed to you.