Nothing ruins a vacation like coming home to a burglary.
West Des Moines police say home burglaries are among the most frequently committed crimes -- and also among the most preventable.
Most are committed by opportunists who see an open window, a faulty lock or a house that looks like no one’s been around for a while – whether because of an accumulation of newspapers, unkempt lawns or because you posted on Facebook that you’re spending the summer away from home.
So what do you do while you’re away? What do you do if you can’t afford an alarm system monitored by an outside company? How effective are timing devices to turn lights on and off at different times during the day and night?
Our Patch Pros can help. Meet them:
- Sgt. Ken O’Brien of the West Des Moines Police Department
- Officer Randy Peterson, community relations/crime prevention officer for the Urbandale Police Department
- Officer Brad Baker, community resource officer for the Ames Police Department
- Officer Jorey Bailey, crime prevention officer for the Iowa City Police Department
- Dick Fidler, co-founder of Miller, Fidler & Hinke independent insurance agency in West Des Moines.
- Pat Brown, insurance agent from State Farm Insurance in Ames
- Shane Blanchard, insurance agent from Farm Bureau Financial Services in West Des Moines
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