Police warn of increase in midday door-kick burglaries in all Bakersfield neighborhoods

How to secure your home from the growing trend

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Police officials said "door-kick burglaries" are increasingly common in Bakersfield neighborhoods, but homeowners can take precautions to prevent becoming a victim.

Burglars have been knocking on front doors of homes in the middle of the day. If no one answers, the criminals look for a weak entry point in the home, like a side door or a window, Bakersfield Police Detective Charles Sherman said.

"They're stealing laptop computers, money, jewelry, whatever they can gather up quickly and leave," Sherman said.

These burglaries happen between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m., or 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., when most people are gone, Sherman said.

Police said locks on windows and securing doors are important.

Investigators said getting to know your neighbors is one of the best defenses. They said to exchange contact information with each other so you can alert your neighbors or be alerted to suspicious activity.

Police say to write down observations of suspicious activity like any license plate numbers or vehicle details

Police said to never hesitate to call 911.

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