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City of Duarte
Tuesday January 10th, 2023 :: 05:00 p.m. PST


Commercial Burglaries Alert

Three business burglaries occurred outside business hours this week at Subway, Wing Stop, and El Picosito Mexican Food. An investigation is being conducted to see if the burglaries are connected and extra patrol has been deployed.

Please follow the following important tips to prevent and help law enforcement if you are a victim:

  • Secure the premises. Keep valuable property in a safe place away from the business, keep cash registers are visibly open overnight and take all cash, please conduct daily deposits if possible. Block access to your computers with a strong password to protect your customers’ confidential information. Save your electronic data and keep a backup at home.
  • Lock doors and entrances. Regularly check the condition of the locks, and make sure the ones you install are high quality. The last person to leave your commercial premises should make sure to lock all the doors and windows. Include this step in your closing instructions.
  • Arm the security systems. Make sure your protection systems are working properly, and make sure you have a backup power supply in case of an outage. Having a video surveillance system can also reduce the risk of burglary at your commercial premises and help you gather evidence in the event of a break-in. Ensure the emergency contact for the alarm system is updated and that key staff can access and retrieve video, so that it can be used as evidence.
  • Keep windows clear. Easy-to-access windows are attractive to burglars. To reduce risks and ensure the best protection, don’t leave any equipment near your windows, either inside or outside. If there’s tinted film on the glass, remove it to prevent burglars from acting out of sight.
  • Make sure the building is well lit. Install programmable or motion detector lights. Light all exterior building entrances as well as the adjacent street or alley. Keep accent lights on inside on for better visibility at night.
  • Install theft prevention system. Install transparent security film, special glass or bars on windows and glass doors. Doing so will enhance security at each entrance and reduce the risk of break-ins.
  • Visit your business or office space frequently. Visit your business every day, if possible. But you don’t want burglars to be able to predict when you’ll be there, so show up at different times of day.
  • Keep track of keys and access cards. To track the use of your keys and access cards, keep a log of who has them, when they were handed out and when they were given back. If any keys are stolen or lost, immediately change the locks.
  • Take care on social media. Posting that your office or business will be closed implies that the space will be unoccupied for an extended period. To prevent a break-in, publish posts that show someone is regularly visiting the building, such as photos of you there.

It’s important to keep your business insurance policy active and your file up-to-date by notifying your property and casualty insurance agent of any changes. This will make it easier to file a claim and keep your business running in the event of a burglary. Your agent can also recommend the coverage you need to insure your business.

If you are the victim of a burglary despite all these precautions, contact Temple Sheriff's Station at (626) 448-9861.

If you see or hear anything suspicious from employees or customers that may be helpful in our investigation you may contact Sergeant Fiedler at (626) 359-5671 ext. 304

City of Duarte
1600 Huntington Dr
Duarte, CA 91030

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 626-357-7931

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