Richmond police provide tips to prevent home break-ins

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Crime in Richmond might be down, but the Richmond Police Department are cautioning residents to continue protecting themselves from home break-ins and other property crimes.

“Property crimes still occur all over the city at all hours of the day,” said Richmond police Sgt. Nicole Abetkov. “These crimes most commonly happen when people are at work.”

They also can occur when you’re at home: Last month, an armed burglar robbed residents while they were home.

Richmond police recently issued crime prevention tips to help residents safeguard homes and doors from burglars. Simple, inexpensive methods to safeguard your home include:

  • Install a solid wood or metal-reinforced door and frame. Remember: a strong door with a weak frame is not effective.
  • Install a metal strike plate around door handles to make it harder for burglars to break in.
  • Add additional locks.
  • Make sure all doors and windows are locked at all times.
  • Remember, the rear door is just as important to secure as the front door.

“Talk to your local hardware store about what you can do to strengthen doors and entrances,” said Abetkov said. “There are all kinds of little things you can do to help.”

Installing a home alarm is another good option but also more expensive, she said.

Despite the daily risk, Richmond police reported less than 1,000 home burglaries in 2014 – a 20-year low.