Safety and Security
Lakeshore tries to promote a safe and secure community. Alarm systems for the units and cars are the surest bet for keeping ourselves and our property safe, but there are a number of things in addition to alarm systems that residents can do to deter crime here at Lakeshore.
- Get to know your neighbors. A community that knows one another will identify suspicious activity much faster. Knowing what is routine and normally is the key to identifying the criminal activity.
- Make sure your patio doors are also locked when you leave your home. An unlocked door is the most common entry method for burglars. If you are not sure if your locks are up to par, give the Sheriff’s Office crime prevention specialists a call. They do free home security inspections.
- Window locks can be opened from the outside by savvy burglars. To secure your windows – especially on the ground floor –consider getting inexpensive spring-loaded tension curtain rods and inserting them vertically at the side of the upper half of the window to prevent anyone from raising the lower window from the outside.
- The average burglary lasts 8-12 minutes from the time they make entry to the time they leave the scene. Even the shortest trip to the store or to pick up the kids puts your condo at risk.
- Burglaries most often happen between 6am and 6pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Rarely do they happen at night. Keep an extra eye on your neighborhood during these key times.
- Ground floor residents should be especially careful. Other than patio furniture, personal property cannot be stored on patios or balconies.
- Burglaries are not typically random. Burglars like to know what may be in the house before they break in. If you notice suspicious persons milling around the neighborhood (especially on the high traffic areas on the Lakeshore) or that same suspicious vehicle keeps appearing on your block, CALL IT IN!
- When in doubt, if it seems out of place or suspicious it probably is. Call the Sheriff’s Office and let them check it out before a crime can occur.
The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office non-emergency number is (703)777-1021.