Davis police on alert after rash of burglaries

Published: Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 3B
Last Modified: Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013 - 8:36 am

A swarm of burglaries that struck Davis neighborhoods in recent weeks have police on alert.

In all, 21 break-ins have been reported in a two-week span through Jan. 24 with nearly half – 10 incidents – reported on the city's west side, said Lt. Glenn Glasgow, Davis police spokesman.

Other areas of the city have also been hit, police officials say, including five cases in south Davis, four in central Davis and two break-ins on the city's east side.

Last year during the same span, 13 burglaries were committed in the city, police officials said.

Police continue to investigate and say the break-ins may be related.

"We can only surmise that they're related," Glasgow said. "We're still trying to work the cases to determine whether it's a single person or a group."

Investigators are hoping for a break like the one that shut down a similar spree early last year, Glasgow said.

Officers made an arrest in the midst of those burglaries that stopped the break-ins.

The targets during this two-week stretch have been a mix of single-family homes and apartments, Glasgow said. The take is a grab-bag of jewelry, laptop computers, purses, electronics and gaming systems.

And though the burglaries have happened at different times of day, there is a common theme: The thieves are making their way into homes through unsecured windows, doors and sliding glass doors.

"Several cases involved unlocked windows and doors," Glasgow said.

Meantime, police are telling residents to be aware, to remember to lock doors and windows, secure backyard and side gates and trim back bushes and other landscaping around their homes.

Officers are encouraging residents to report suspicious activity to Davis police at (530) 758-3600.

Residents can also find information on how to start a neighborhood watch group by contacting the department's Jonny Volan at (530) 747-5421 or through email at jvolan@davispd.org

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