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First Time Cerritos Homeowners Safety Tips

2/12/2019 (Permalink)

First time Southern California homeowners can experience mixed feelings when moving in. At first it may be exciting to make the space feel like home. Very close if not at the top of the priority list though, is keeping all in the residence safe. These few vital steps are key to increasing safety for any resident and eliminating opportunity for crime.

  • Have an Alarm System

Alarm systems are configured so that, when set off, representatives from the alarm service can notify local authorities as swiftly as possible. In addition, most alarms come with a sign to post in front of your home. This alone is an effective deterrent to thieves.

  • Lighting

'Ok time to go, shut the lights off...right?' Saving energy is recommended, however, some interior lighting is another vital factor to notifying any individuals with ill intent that the home is active.  Realtor.com recommends using different lights at different times and staying away from leaving the same light on often. 

  • TV Watchers - The Real Heroes

Finally, with the TV on at a suitable volume the noise it emits is another sign of an occupied and safe home. So don't forget to set the DVR and have an extra batch of popcorn ready!

While owning a home for the first time can be an exciting experience, these steps will help keep all in your home safe. 

Record-Breaking Storms Impact Southern California

1/14/2019 (Permalink)

As storms hit the California Coast, road closures and areas recently affected by wildfires become a risk. The information below will help you stay up to date as this week of rain continues.

  • Facts and Figures

People living in areas recently affected by wild fires should be ready for possibilities of mudslides and flashflooding.

Los Angeles and Orange Counties are expected to start with 1-2 inches of rain while valleys and the Inland Empire areas are expecting more.  

In addition, mountain regions are projected to have 6-12 inches of snow. 

  • Know your area

Multiple road closures have caused severe traffic delays, these include:

 - I-5 shutdown at Grapevine

- Pacific Coast Highway shutdown in Malibu Mudslide

  • What's Next?

Two more storms are forecasted to pass through. The first being expected to move swiftly starting late Tuesday. In addition, the heaviest storm will impact the west coast Wednesday and Thursday.

We ask all to remain alert when commuting and take all necessary precautions to have a safe week!

Crime Prevention: Eliminate the Opportunity

12/19/2018 (Permalink)

Important crime prevention tips.

Upstanding citizens cannot remove a criminal’s desire or ability to commit a crime, but they can help prevent crime by removing the opportunity. Here’s how:

  • Always lock your vehicle - even if it’s parked in your driveway.
  • Close your garage door.
  • Leave valuables at home.
  • Never leave valuables in a vehicle or even locked in a trunk as criminals may be watching.
  • When in doubt, call the Police. They would rather have a false alarm then have anyone become a victim because they didn’t feel comfortable calling 911.

Business Owners:

  • Leave cash register draws empty & open overnight so criminals looking in can see there is no money to steal.
  • Keep your safe & merchandise away from view of those looking in overnight.
  • Change your access codes & passwords frequently - especially if you’ve disclosed them to anyone else.
  • Use unmarked bags for bank drops & do them at different times of day, different days of the week. Criminals will observe your habits & can strike if they see a pattern.
  • Great customer service helps deter crime. No one wants to steal with people watching.

For more helpful tips visit the official Safer Cerritos page: http://www.safercerritos.com/crime_...

Be safe Cerritos citizens & friends & family!