Hawaiʻi Police Department
Sergent Juergen Canda
Big Island police are advising the public to take extra precautions to prevent burglaries during the holiday season and to report suspicious activity—especially suspicious persons in your neighborhood during the daytime hours. The following tips can help reduce the chances of burglary in your neighborhood:
- Lock your doors and windows when you leave your home, including those in the rear of the house that aren’t visible from the street.
- Don’t leave notes saying you’re not home and when you will return.
- Become familiar with your neighbors and their cars.
- If you see unfamiliar vehicles cruising the area, note the description of the vehicle, the license plate number and descriptions of any occupants and report them to police.
- Beware of strangers knocking on doors. They may be burglars checking to see if a house is unoccupied.
- Don’t leave a house key hidden outside your home.
- Keep your home well lit.
- Keep trees and bushes trimmed so they don’t provide cover for burglars.
- If you come home and see evidence that someone has been in your home or may still be there, leave the area and call police immediately.
- If no one can remain home during the day, ask your neighbor to report any suspicious persons and vehicles seen at your home.
If you suspect a burglary is in progress or if you encounter any suspicious person on your property, call 911. To report suspicious persons in your neighborhood, call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311.