Lessons learned from an Echo Park burglary

An Echo Park man who had been bar hopping with a friend on Friday night returned to the home he shared with his girlfriend. The friend, after sobering up, left the house near Echo Park and Morton avenues later that night – but left the back door unlocked. When the Echo Park man and his girlfriend awoke Saturday morning, they discovered that someone had entered the house through that back door and stole his laptop computer, game systems and “a couple of bottles of booze.” He said via email:

“It is extremely terrifying to think that someone was in my house
while my girlfriend and I slept! … My neighbors car was unlocked and had stuff taken out of it but they threw it all in the driveway bushes cause I assume once they found my door was unlocked they figured they could get stuff that was worth more … The police said there have been a lot of home robberies lately through back doors.”

Besides making sure doors are locked, police advised the burglary victim “to keep a folder with all the serial numbers for electronics” to help track stolen property.

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