Pleasanton police put out a warning Thursday through Nixle about an increase in daytime residential burglaries.
According to police, the burglaries are happening between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
The typical scenario is that one or more subjects approach a home, ring the doorbell, and wait for a response, police said. If no one answers the door, the subject or subjects wait outside for a short time then force entry through a side door (usually a side garage door) or the front door.
Police said subjects could be dressed in business attire and have a cover story such as door-to-door sales or marketing.
In addition, there might be a getaway car parked in the area which could possibly be occupied by someone acting as a lookout.
Officers are asking residents to stay alert to strange cars or people in their neighborhood.
Thursday's Nixle warning stated, "It is critical that residents call the police immediately, before calling anyone else, when reporting these circumstance."
Police recommend following these safety tips to prevent thefts and burglaries:
* Ensure all doors and windows are locked, including side garage doors and second story windows
* Even if home during the day, it is important to keep the garage door closed
* Vehicles should always be locked
* Do not leave anything valuable in the car (phones, purses, brief cases and computers)
More crime prevention tips can be found on the Pleasanton Police Department website.