Burglary Prevention – Let’s Lock Up, Listen Up, and Look Out for One Another

Burglary TipsThe holidays are fast approaching and often in our rush to keep up with all the obligations that these months bring, whether it be party planning, holiday shopping, or just keeping up with the events on our calendar, we sometimes get laxed in our everyday efforts to safeguard our home, our vehicle, and our personal property.  Life moves pretty fast nowadays, so it’s understandable that sometimes we forget the small details.  That being said, your San Mateo Detectives would like to take this opportunity to remind you of a few tips to safeguard your personal property in these holiday months:

Lock Up, Listen Up, and Look Out for One Another!

  • Remember burglars are often casing neighborhoods for unoccupied homes – If s stranger rings your doorbell, let them know you are home by answering verbally through the door. If you ask them to leave and they don’t, call 911!
  • Burglars are opportunists – eliminate opportunity for them by LOCKING all doors, gates, and windows to your home before you leave – even if it is only for a few minutes.
  • Secure your vehicles  – Thieves take the opportunity provided by ANY unlocked door or window.  Don’t be an “easy victim” to crime and don’t leave valuables inside your vehicle in plain sight!  This includes electronics, briefcases, purchase bags, or anything that may catch their unwanted attention.
  • Report ANY and all suspicious persons or vehicles in our neighborhoods. Together we can catch these criminals before they strike.
  • If you see something, say something! Trust your instincts!  If it seems suspicious, it probably is! Report it immediately!  We’re your police officers and we’re here for you.


Join our Neighborhood Eyes Security Team! Register your surveillance cameras here: http://www.cityofsanmateo.org/index.aspx?nid=2726

Monitor Crime in Your Neighborhood, a free resource offered by SMPD: http://smpd.crimegraphics.com/2013/default.aspx


As always, we count on our community members to be SMPD’s “extra eyes and ears.”  Please report ANY suspicious activity to SMPD right away via 911, or 650-522-7700.  For information related to any ongoing SMPD investigation, call the Detective Bureau at 650-522-7650.  You may also contact us anonymously by voicemail 650-522-7676 or text message 650-262-3473.


Please help us make your neighborhood safer and take a stand against crime. Please report all criminal behavior, join a neighborhood watch program, and help anyone that might fall victim to a crime. If a Neighborhood Watch doesn’t exist on your block, you can start one with help from SMPD. For additional information about the City of San Mateo Neighborhood Watch Program, call SMPD Community Services at (650)522-7626 or visit our web www.cityofsanmateo.org.

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