Arvada police are investigating nearly a dozen burglaries reported in the city the last week of September, 2010.
Some of the property reported stolen included televisions, laptops, jewelry, cash and other items of value.
In one of the incidents, the suspect(s) broke into a car parked in the driveway of the residence to obtain the garage door opener and make entry into the home.
"Fortunately, the 2010 burglary numbers are down from 2009 statistics for the first half of the year, thanks in part to the diligent work of police detectives, officers and others in the organization," said Deputy Chief Gary Creager. "However, our crime analysts saw the recent spike which prompted the PD to provide citizens with crime prevention tips to keep their homes and their property safe."
It appears some of the late September burglaries are connected; other cases involve suspects possibly known to the victim, while several of the crimes seem to have been randomly committed throughout the city.
There are some things you can do to minimize your risk of becoming a victim of burglary.
- Always lock your doors (on both your vehicle and home).
- Do not store your garage door opener in plain view inside your car.
- Never leave your garage door open, even if you are home.
- Keep a thorough record of your property, including make, model and serial numbers. (Not only will this help police in the event of a crime, but also this will help you in filing a claim with your insurance company.)
- Report any and all suspicious people in your neighborhood to police.