According to the Plano Police Department Crime Prevention Unit there is no current spike in activity either in Ridgeview Ranch or Plano, but there are incidents. Continued vigilance by everyone is still the best answer.
Currently there are three types of burglars operating in the area.
Between 9 AM and 2 PM while the children are at school and the homeowner is may be out running errands.
Between 5 PM and 7 PM the burglars will drive down the street looking for homes with no lights, an indication that the homeowner is still at work. The best defense against this is to have lights on timers that come on before dark. It is probably best to get the timers that shift the time so the light doesn't pop on at 5:07:23 every day. (Does anyone remember the scene in one of the Home Alone series of movies in which the burglars sat on a street and predicted exactly when lights would come on in each house.
- Overnight burglaries are rare; about 3% of the total burglaries. Most of these burglars do it for the thrill of getting in and getting out undetected while someone is at home.
Overall the best measures to take are:
- Keep your garage door closed unless you are in the garage or driveway. This is the easiest path into your home. As part of this, keep the door from your house to the garage locked at all times. The garage door is not a secure door.
Always respond to a doorbell or a knock at the door. Don't open the door, but answer through the door. Have a peephole so you can see who is outside. Say "Who is it?" If the person is not someone you know or expect, send them away and call 911. The police do not mind answering a call for suspicious activity.
Source: Ridgeview Ranch CrimeWatch
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