downloadBurglars often strike during the holiday season because many households are vacant or have expensive items under the tree. Here are some tips from the Bullhead City Police Department to help decrease your chance of becoming a victim of crime:

  • Close blinds or curtains so thieves cannot see valuables inside your home (especially presents under your tree).
  • Install an alarm system and motion-activated lights in your yard.
  • Do not leave a key under your door mat, flower pot or on the ledge of the door. Those are the first places burglars look.


  • Lock all doors and windows securely.


  • If you travel out of town during the holidays, make sure your home looks occupied;
    • Ask a neighbor to collect your mail/newspapers or put your mail on hold at the post office.
    • Ask a neighbor to occasionally park their car in your driveway.
    • Install a timer system that turns on your lights (indoor and outdoor).
    • Make sure your house looks secure by closing the entrance gate. An open gate looks inviting.


  • Trim back any plants or bushes around your home where burglars could hide.


  • Consider leaving important documents and valuable items with a family member while you are gone or put them in a safe or security deposit box.


  • Do not put empty boxes outside your home that identify new and expensive gifts. Instead, break down any boxes you are throwing out, place them in your recycle bin and take it out right before it is picked up in the morning. Some burglars look inside garbage cans for evidence of holiday gifts.


  • Write down serial numbers and take photographs of new possessions or engrave identifying information on them. This will aid detectives in recovering your property if it is stolen.


  • Before leaving town, call the non-emergency dispatch number at (928) 763-1999 to request extra patrol/vacation watch and notify members of your Neighborhood Watch program. For information to start a Neighborhood Watch, contact Community Services Officer Lorrie Duggins at (928) 763-9200 ext. 204.