Magnolia & Queen Anne residents, you can sleep safe and sound tonight. Last Friday, the prolific burglar, Keone K. Padilla, was sentenced to 76 months in prison by the King County Superior Court. According to the Seattle Police Department blotter, detectives and the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office are working together to enforce the Repeat Burglar Initiative, a unit focused on serial burglars.
Initiatives like this are important when enforcing repeat burglars. According to a Q13 Fox News report, Padilla was previously convicted in 2009 for a burglary. However, within a month, he had already burglarized over 30 Seattle families, typically stealing electronics, jewelry and guns. Additionally, he broke into unoccupied homes during the day.
While a feeling of security has been restored in Magnolia & Queen Anne, it is also important to take necessary precautions to ward off potential burglars. Here are few tips to keep in mind:
- Your first defense against burglars is visibility. Keep hedges trimmed to reduce potential hiding spots for burglars and keep your property visible, so neighbors can take note of suspicious activity.
- Use light as a deterrent. Make sure to keep any dark areas well-lit, especially around windows and doors. Motion sensor lights are a great option for deterring crime.
- Make it appear as if you’re home. If you go on vacation, stop newspaper deliveries, add light timers, and have neighbors take out the trash. Also, do not post vacation plans on social networks.
By exercising the necessary precautions, you can help keep your family safe in your Magnolia, Queen Anne, or Seattle neighborhood.