Lock your house, your garage, and car…every time.
Pekin Public Information Officer Mike Eeten says that’s the best way to prevent daytime break-ins when you’re away from home, even if it’s only for a short time.
“We encourage people to pay attention to those kind of things. And, not give burglars the opportunity to be able to get into your home,” said Eeten.
Eeten says area police are seeing an increase in daytime home burglaries, specifically in Pekin, East Peoria, Morton, and Washington.
He says daytime break-ins aren’t that uncommon, and that they tend to happen when people are in a hurry to get to work.
“A lot of times, it’s as easy as, people have left their doors unlocked, or maybe their windows open when they leave home,” said Eeten.
He says if you notice someone unfamiliar, or a car hanging around the neighborhood, don’t hesitate to call the police.
“It’s always better to be safe, than to look back and say, Maybe I should have done something about that.”
Eeten says you can also call Crimestoppers anonymously anytime you see criminal activity.
Contact Pekin Police at 309-346-3132, Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office at 309-346-4141, Morton Police at 309-266-6666, East Peoria Police at 309-698-4700, Washington Police at 309-444-2313, or Crimestoppers at 309-673-9000.