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Burglars hit residence, this time in Dover Shores

A residential burglary recently occurred in the Dover Shores community on the 400 Block of Evening Star Lane. The incident occurred sometime between 12 p.m. on Wednesday, June 15 and 2:30 p.m. on June 20.

With the victims away, an unknown suspect accessed the backyard of the property and used patio furniture to climb to the second story balcony. The suspect then shattered a glass door. Once inside the property, the suspect ransacked the master bedroom, master closet, master bathroom and guest bedrooms before fleeing the scene.

Reported losses included watches and a firearm magazine.

No suspect information was available.

Victims scare off suspects in burglary attempt, who then leave in Range Rover

An attempted residential burglary recently occurred in the Promontory Bay community but was thwarted when the victims heard a noise and went to investigate.

On the 600 block of Bayside Drive, around 8:40 p.m. on Friday, June 17, while the victims were upstairs, three unknown suspects accessed the side of the house and shattered a first-floor window.

As the victims investigated, they observed the suspects fleeing and identified their vehicle as a white Range Rover with a black roof.

No loss was found.

Home accessed through shattered glass door

In the West Newport community, on the 2800 block of Lafayette Ave., a residential burglary occurred sometime between 8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 15 and 7 a.m. on Thursday, June 16.

While the victim was away, an unknown suspect accessed the back side of the property and shattered a glass door. The suspect moved a wardrobe but did not disturb the rest of the house.

The loss was unknown and no suspect information was available.

Suspect makes off with jewelry and watches in Belcourt burglary

A residential burglary occurred in the Belcourt community on Leesbury Court on Thursday, June 16 at approximately 9 a.m.

With the victims away, an unknown suspect accessed the backyard and shattered a glass door. Once inside, the suspect ransacked the master bedroom and master closet. They also rummaged through drawers and cabinets in an office, before fleeing the scene.

Losses included watches and jewelry. No suspect was available.

Suspect shatters sliding glass door to enter residence

A residential burglary recently occurred in the Spyglass Hill community on Drakes Bay Drive sometime between 12 p.m. on Friday, June 10 and 10 a.m. on Thursday, June 16.

While the victim was away, an unknown suspect accessed the backyard of the property and shattered a sliding glass door to get into the home. Inside, the suspect ransacked every room in the house before fleeing the scene.

The reported loss was jewelry.

Tips from NBPD to further protect your residence from burglaries 

First of all, if you see suspicious activity within your neighborhood (especially at a home where you know your neighbors are on vacation, have gone out for the evening, or their home is for sale), please call the Newport Beach Police Department immediately at 949.644.3717.

The following are tips to “harden the target.”

–Always lock your windows and doors when you go out, even if for only a few minutes. Second story windows & doors should be secured as if they were on the first story.

–Use timers on indoor lamps to give the appearance that you are home. If you’re going out for the evening, leave a television or a radio on in the home. 

–If your home is equipped with an alarm, always activate it even if you’re only going out for a short walk.

–Consider adding a motion sensor in your master bedroom/bathroom, which will activate the alarm if someone comes in through a glass window or door without opening it.

–Always keep your front and rear porch lights on from dusk to dawn and use motion detector lighting along the sides of your home or areas with little foot traffic.

–Make sure your utility box is secured with a padlock.

–Adjust window coverings for optimal privacy while maintaining good visibility outside.

–Assess whether or not a window can be easily accessed from a tree, balcony, roof, wall, or with patio furniture and adjust your security plan accordingly. Ladders should be stored inside or locked to a stationary object.

–If your garage door has a remote shutoff button on the wall-mounted control, located in the garage, consider locking the door nightly. This will prevent your garage door from being opened remotely.

–If you have a safe, make sure that it is properly bolted to concrete so that it cannot be easily removed.

–Always close and lock your safe and never leave a key or combination out or in an easy to find location (i.e., office, nightstand, etc.).

–If you return home and find your pedestrian door that leads into your home locked, and you are certain that you left it unlocked, DO NOT GO INSIDE! Call 9-1-1. Burglars often lock this door to slow down a victim, allowing the burglar extra time to get out of the home before the resident enters.

–When you leave on vacation, remember to call the Police Department for a Vacation Check” at 949.644.3681. Also, ask a trusted friend or neighbor to pick up your newspaper and mail while you are away.

–When you get a knock at your door: Never open the door unless you know the person; do acknowledge you’re home without opening the door. If you have a doorbell camera with two-way audio, this is a great time to use this feature (whether you are home or not). If you are not home, use your doorbell camera to speak to the subject and let them know you are not able to come to the door – do not tell them no one is home. If the individual acts suspiciously, call the police department and provide them with a description of the subject and his/her actions.

Again, report all suspicious activity by calling the Newport Beach Police Department at 949.644.3717.