Last night I attended a Brookside/Waldo networking event at the Metro Patrol division of the KCMO Police Dept at 7601 Prospect. The first bit of news I heard on arrival was that the cops had caught the guy who robbed McClain’s Bakery–twice! They were waiting for him on the second event and picked up the perp the same day. Thank you, officers, for your diligent policing of Brookside and our neighborhood shops.
I also talked to office John Trainor, who runs the Residential Surveys program for the department. This is a complimentary service, where John comes to your home and spends thirty minutes or so surveying your property from a security perspective. He will offer suggestions on ways to discourage burglars from making your house a target. Usually these appointments are scheduled Monday through Friday, 11am-2pm, contact John via email to schedule a visit: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Another interesting fact I learned last night about break-ins: 50% of burglars go through the front door! First they knock to see if anyone is home–if no answer, they will kick in the front door. I asked about these thick, old Brookside doors–John said they are relatively easy to kick in, especially if the deadbolt is less than one inch long. Also, most burglaries occur during the day rather than at night–I thought just the opposite. Finally, approximately twenty cars per day are broken into in Kansas City MO. Lock your car and don’t leave anything inside of value!
I hope this information is helpful to you–I’m going to schedule a visit with John at my own home. Be proactive about protecting the contents of your home and vehicles–it just takes a little extra effort!