Safety tips

Dear Editor:Thank you to the Downey Police Department for the article on keeping our neighborhood safe. ("Daytime Burglaries on the Rise," 7/8/10) I would like to add one more thing since our very nice street has had many burglaries during the day, including at my home. I never answer the door to strangers. I do look through the peephole and watch them. Two men came to my door and knocked and banged on the door, and then walked down the street. No vehicles were in sight. A short time later, I heard loud noises in the laundry room which is where our back door is. I came face to face with the man in a hoodie that was at my front door. I screamed at him to get out of my house and luckily he did. The deadbolt was jimmied open. The police were there in minutes but the man jumped the back wall to our alley. The police were very professional and took fingerprints, etc. My point is if you don't answer the door like me, watch and be aware after they leave. Thank you to the Downey Police Department for the article and more information on how to keep us safe is always appreciated. - S. Taylor, Downey

Dear Editor: I wish to thank the Downey Patriot for printing the informative article from the Downey Police Department. I am an elderly person but I‚Äàstill try to look out for my neighbors. I hope my neighbors look out for me. I called the police last year to report a suspicious person circling my block in his car. A nice young female police officer was swift to respond. I do not know what became of the "suspicious person" but the officer put my mind at ease. - Edith Trombley, Downey

********** Published: July 22, 2010 - Volume 9 - Issue 14