Summer Crime Safety: Adding simple security measures can go a long way

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — State Police say all too often, people are doing things they don’t even know will be setting them up to be victims of quick crimes.

“I actually close the sliding glass door and lock it,” said Julie from Hamburg. “I try to close all the windows as well.”

“I might leave the inside door open but put the garage door down and leave the house technically unlocked,” said Kristin Linn, also from Hamburg. “I am pretty comfortable about the town I live in.”

Police say that’s what they hear from people who are victims of break-ins but despite how comfortable people feel, police say in both the cities and suburbs, they’re seeing an increase in burglaries.

“We have a heroin issue, a lot of drug issues right now,” said Trooper Jim O’Callaghan with the New York State Police. “They’re going for high value, quick targets.”

Trooper O’Callaghan says closing off access points to your home is one of the easiest ways to increase security.

“The person’s home is definitely their refuge; the place they feel safe,” said Trooper O’Callaghan. “If you have an older home, change your basement windows to block windows. People will break out that old glass and slide in that way.”

The trooper says adding security cameras is one of the easiest ways to deter criminals from choosing your house as the next place they want to try to break in.

“They see a camera, see a motion light come on and they just book it because they don’t want to get caught,” said the longtime state trooper.

And the officer says adding security now can save homeowners months and years of feeling insecure about safety.

“The people who live in that home will forever feel violated,” said O’Callaghan.  “The fact that someone went through their house, merchandise and valuables — they’ll never feel secure.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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