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Peoria police offer anti-burglary tips

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Big televisions, computers, tablets, speakers and high-tech gadgets are all items we likely got around the holidays.

How easy would it be to get them back if they were stolen?

The Peoria Police Department has some tools residents can use to help prevent and investigate property crime.

"Crime Shield is a program that any of our residents can enroll in," said Peoria Police Officer Amanda Jacinto. "It is a checklist you can download from our website with simple things they can do around their homes to make them less of a target for burglars."

The checklist allows homeowners, businesses, as well as construction sites and adult care facilities to go around their property and itemize possessions.

In the case of a residence, the checklist allows for writing down serial numbers of electronics and appliances that can be hard to track if stolen.

"Especially after we just got some great Christmas presents," said Jacinto, "If, for some reason, someone was to break in to your home, having the serial number is very important."

Once the property is Crime Shield certified, the police department provides a sticker that is placed outside the property telling the criminal the home is protected.

Besides itemizing the items inside homes and businesses, the Crime Shield checklists also have tips on how to keep points of entry protected from criminals.

"Some simple ways to secure your home, your windows and your doggy door," she said.

The checklist also recommends keeping the front yard well maintained to avoid making the home look vacant. Doors and windows should be clear of shrubs or décor that might keep you from looking out the window. Having enough lighting and making sure your address numbers are visible is also important.

For more information on the Peoria Police Department's Crime Shield, click here.

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Martha is the traffic controller in the KTAR newsroom. Her full time role is that of Assignment and Breaking News Editor of KTAR News. She oversees daily Breaking News planning and over-the air execution, and puts together the elements that make it happen. She gathers and distributes daily news assignments to reporters and editors. She also reports on a daily basis, anchors news afternoons 1-2p and fills in as anchor occasionally during other time slots. She began working at KTAR in the winter of 2012 as Desk Editor and was promoted to oversee Assignments and Breaking News in 2014. During that time, she received two awards as a journalist. The first was the 2013 APTRA Awards, where she took home 2nd place for Best Serious Future in the "Recycled Orchestra." The second was a 2014 Edward R. Murrow Award for her collaboration in KTAR's Voice for a Better Arizona Series: Immigration - seeking solutions. In her piece, Martha profiled two Arizona sisters looking for the DREAM. Martha was born in Mazatlan, Mexico. She moved to Arizona in 1996 with her parents and younger sister and has lived here since. She attended Barry Goldwater High School in Phoenix and graduated from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Arizona State University in Tempe. Prior to working at KTAR news she worked in news and production at Univision Arizona in Phoenix. She also supervised the marketing, catering and public relations department at Hotel Araiza, 5-star hotel in Mexicali, Mexico. She has also been a personal trainer and aerobics instructor. When she isn't in the newsroom or behind the microphone Martha is an avid gym-goer and marathoner. She trains for two races a year and enjoys taking group exercise classes, such as kickboxing, indoor cycling and weight lifting. Martha is married and lives in Surprise, AZ with 2 dogs, Tasha and Elsa, and a cat, Sammy.


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