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Sheriff’s Department urges summer safety awareness

Posted: July 10, 2013 5:57 p.m.
Updated: July 10, 2013 5:57 p.m.

Public safety agencies in the greater Los Angeles area are promoting safety awareness this summer with a program called #SummerSafetyLA, using of the #SummerSafetyLA campaign of Twitter and Facebook.

The program, launched June 18, aims at making residents aware on all safety-related topics, according to news release issued by the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.

Deputies recommend residents always lock their doors and roll up the windows when they leave their car.

Car thieves regularly patrol parking lots and try door handles to see if they will open, said Deputy Josh Dubin, who issued the release.

“They are hoping for an unlocked vehicle that they can get into quickly and take anything that was left inside,” he said. “You should always store valuable items in the trunk, so that a criminal does not see them and become tempted to break in.”

Deputies also recommend residents keep doors at home closed and locked including garage doors. They warn that an open door is “an invitation.”

Other recommendations include:

n Be a good neighbor and alert deputies to any unusual activity in your neighborhood.

n Plan for vacation by having your mail and newspapers stopped or having a neighbor pick them up.

n Leave inside lights on timers to create the impression that your house is occupied.

n Be sure to set your alarm system. Have a lawn service or neighbor mow your lawn.
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