BURGLARIES IN BLUFF CREEK ESTATES....
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It has come to our attention that there have been three burglaries within Bluff Creek Estates over the last two weeks. It appears the method of entry has been through back doors. Although the Association does not have details of the burglaries, we want to make sure everyone is aware they have occurred and encourage you to take the necessary precautions and report ALL suspicious people, vehicles or activity to the Columbia Police Department.
Please see the Burglary Prevention Tips outlined on the Columbia Police Department’s website:
1. Keep all doors and windows closed and securely fastened. An open window or door is an open invitation for burglars. Thieves are also quick to spot weak locks that may be easily forced open. Doors should have deadbolt locks with a one-inch throw and reinforced strike plate with three inch screws. All windows should have window locks.
2. Secure sliding glass doors by placing a metal rod or a wooden dowel rod in the track and install vertical bolts. This will help prevent burglars from forcing the door open or lifting it off the track.
3. Always lock the door to an attached garage. Don’t rely on your automatic garage door opener for security.
4. Create the illusion that you are home by using timers on lights, radios and TV’s. Make your residence appear occupied, even when no one is home, to help deter criminals.
5. Keep the perimeter of your home well lit. Installing low voltage outdoor lighting is a cost-effective way to discourage intruders as well as highlight a house.
6. Never leave clues that you are away on a trip. Have a trusted neighbor collect mail and newspapers while you are away so delivered items do not accumulate. You can also ask a neighbor to park in your driveway or parking place to make it appear that you are present.
7. Keep some shades and blinds up and curtains open to maintain a normal, everyday appearance in your residence.
8. Never leave a message on your telephone answering machine telling people that you are away from home. A message that you will return at a certain time leaves your home vulnerable in the interim.
9. Keep shrubbery trimmed away from entrances and walkways. Large and ornate hedges may be beautiful but they also provide a hiding place for burglars who need only a minute to break in through a window or door.
10. Organize a Neighborhood Watch program to protect your neighborhood. An alert community is a safe community. Contact Officer Amy Bishop at (573)-874-7426 to inquire about how to start a Neighborhood Watch in your area.
11. Perform your own security evaluation.
12. Print a form to aid with inventory of your property.
Additional home security tips can be found at https://www.como.gov/police/home-security/
Stay Safe,Bluff Creek Estates