Taraval Station has increased patrols and use of other investigative techniques to prevent and solve burglaries throughout the sunset. While there is no simple or sure solution to the problem of residential burglaries, it is possible to make a burglar’s entry in your home more difficult, and in some cases, to discourage the burglar altogether.
Provided are helpful tips for protecting your family and home:
• LOCK ALL DOORS and windows before leaving. Always ensure your garage door is closed when the garage is unattended. Padlock all gates providing access to the rear yard of your home and install deadbolt locks on all exterior doors. Change locks immediately if your keys are lost or stolen. Do not leave “hidden” keys on the exterior of your home. Audible alarm systems and video surveillance systems are very helpful, as are dual pane windows and sliding glass doors. Replace vulnerable exterior doors with heavier more solid doors and frames. If you leave your car parked outside, ensure all doors are locked and remove all valuables and garage door opener.
• WHEN TRAVELING out-of-town, request the Taraval Station to conduct passing calls. Request the US Postal Service and newspaper provider hold deliveries while you are away. Use discretion with whom you share your out-of-town plans.
• NOTIFY THE CITY of San Francisco of any non-working street lights to ensure they are repaired by contacting the Public Services Department at SF311 Dial 3-1-1 or (415) 701-2311 (TTY direct: (415) 701-2323)
• IMMEDIATELY REPORT unpermitted solicitors, suspicious persons, or suspicious vehicles in your neighborhood by dialing 9-1-1. If you see something, say something!
• If someone you do not know knocks on your front door, DO NOT OPEN IT, but do acknowledge that you are home. Do not keep quiet. A burglar may think you are away and attempt to break into your home.
• DEVELOP A RAPPORT with your neighbors. Ask them to watch your home when you are out-of-town. Neighbors provide some of the best protection when they look out for one another. Start a neighborhood watch group on your block by calling SF Safe
• No one knows your neighborhood better than you and your neighbors. If you see something that looks out of place, dial 9-1-1. If you return home and believe your home has been entered by a burglar, do not go inside. Dial 9-1-1 from your cellular telephone or from the home of a neighbor.