Opportunity is not always a good thing!
Crimes of opportunity are committed without planning. The perpetrator sees a chance to commit the act at a particular moment and seizes the opportunity. These crimes need to be executed quickly in order to be successful.
While we live in a safe neighborhood, we’re not immune to crime. Unlocked cars have been rifled through and garden tools have been taken from backyards.
The Sheriff’s office speculates that a recently attempted break–in was a crime of opportunity. It theorizes that the perpetrator saw the couple leave the house and seized the opportunity to break in. Fortunately, the couple had locked their doors so what looked like an easy burglary ended up taking too much time, and the perpetrator left empty handed.
Here are some tips to help you avoid being a victim of an opportunistic crime:
- Keep all doors and windows locked. If you have an alarm, activate it!
- Always hang spare keys out of reach from the doors and windows.
- Never leave bikes, tools, sporting equipment or any other valuable items sitting unattended around your home.
- Never leave laptops, purses, keys, cameras or other valuable items next to a door or visible from a window.
- Never leave your car unlocked if parked in the driveway or on the street.
- Never leave valuables visible in your car. If you must leave them in your car unattended, place them in the trunk before you reach your destination.
- Do not leave exterior lights on during day, but do have lights on timers at night and when not at home.
Ultimately, pay attention to your surroundings. If you see something or even merely suspect something, call 911.