Newport Beach Police Department officials sent out a warning Monday about a residential burglary that recently occurred in the 3800 block of Sandune Ln.
Sometime between Sunday and Monday, while the victims were out of town, an unknown suspect forced open a rear sliding glass door that lead into the master bedroom, police reported.
The suspect took three watches, a purse and six pairs of women’s heels.
The victims discovered the burglary when they returned home. No suspect was seen or heard.
In the message, police encouraged residents to report any suspicious activity in their neighborhoods at a neighbor’s home they know is on vacation.
Newport Beach police also posted a new home security checklist on the NBPD website. Officials encouraged citizens to print it out and conduct a security assessment of their homes to see what security measures they can take to “harden the target.”
Police also took the opportunity to provide a few home security tips in the message, including: Always lock windows and doors and activate the alarm when going out, even if for only a few minutes; upon returning, if a door is locked that was unlocked before leaving, do not go inside and immediately call 911. Burglars often lock a door to slow down a victim and allow them more time to flee; consider adding a motion sensor in the master bedroom/bathroom; use timers on indoor lamps; ask a trusted friend or neighbor to pick up newspaper and mail while away; and when leaving on vacation, call the police department for a “Vacation Check.”
To report suspicious activity, call NBPD at (949) 644-3717. To request a “Vacation Check,” call (949) 644-3681. For more information, visit nbpd.org.