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Sgt. Kevin Kent: Home security was topic of presentation

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Posted: Monday, August 7, 2017 12:30 pm

In July’s presentation at the Lodi Public Library, Jan Talken from Lodi Police Department Crime Prevention discussed home safety and some things to consider when going on vacation.

Prior to the event, she sent out an invite to all of our local security businesses to join us at the event. Sam Taormina from Lodi Alarm and Richard Ross from Alamo graciously volunteered to come in and speak.

Here are some of the things to consider from those presentations:

  • Lock your doors.
  • Secure your windows and sliders.
  • Don’t leave items like bicycles lying around your yard.
  • Close your garage door when you are not outside.
  • Keep your bushes and hedges trimmed, or eliminate places for thieves to conceal themselves.
  • Lock your side yard gates.
  • Think about getting an alarm system.

The statistics show that your home is not guaranteed to not be broken into, but homes with security systems are less likely to get broken into.

If you are going on vacation, you can contact the post office and Lodi News-Sentinel to hold delivery for a specific time period.

The Lodi Police Partners offer vacation house checks, where they will come out to your home while you are on vacation and verify that it is secure. You can schedule a vacation check by calling them at 209-333-6886.

Set timers in your home to turn on lights, radios, or televisions to make it appear that you are home.

Don’t post your vacation plans and photos online until after you return home. Arrange for friends or family to check on your home, cut your lawn, and put out or take in your trash cans.

Get to know your neighbors and your neighborhood. Look out for each other and report suspicious behavior.

Today is National Night Out. There are more than 80 block parties going on throughout our town. This is a great opportunity to chat with your neighbors, and with officers who will be stopping by to visit your block party.

The Lodi Police Department will continue to partner with the Lodi Public Library to discuss topics like this with the community. These meetings are held on the first Thursday of every month.

If you want more information or have some questions, plan to join us at the Lodi Public Library during our monthly 411 With 911 presentation.

Sgt. Kevin Kent works with the Special Investigations Unit of the Lodi Police Department.

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