Recently there were reports in Torrey Highlands and Black Mountain Ranch of burglars entering or attempting to enter homes where the owner was home. Both were during the day and in both cases the suspects knocked on the front door. When no one answered, the suspects broke in through the back of the home.
The incidents prompted Northwestern Division Community Relations Officer Gaylon Sells to offer safety tips to homeowners faced with the same situation.
When someone knocks on the door when you are home, Sells suggests talking to them through the door or adjacent window. Find out who they are and what they want and then hopefully send them on their way, he said.
"If you are home alone, never let them know that," Sells said.
Sells said letting the person at the door know that someone is inside may prevent instances where a burglar surprises a homeowner.
Sells also said to be very careful in confronting a suspect.
"You are much better off calling 911 and being a good witness," said Sells. "Most criminals are not interested in a confrontation and will quickly flee if caught in the act." Sells said the last thing he wants to see is a homeowner getting hurt trying to confront a criminal.
Contact the Northwestern Division in non-emergency situations at 523-7000.