Burglary Patterns / Prevention Tips

14 August 2013 by Lt. Todd Umstead

     Summer is historically a time of increased burglaries, and this summer has been no exception. Some recent patterns have been established: 

     Many burglaries are occurring during daylight hours. In some incidents, neighbors recalled hearing a mid-morning knock at the door of the home that was burglarized. It is believed the suspect(s) are knocking on doors to determine if someone is home. If you see someone knocking on doors in your neighborhood, or if someone you don’t know is knocking at your door, please obtain a description and contact police.  

     Also, in most of the daytime burglaries, entry was gained via a rear window or door, often unlocked. In some cases, screen windows were cut or removed. Be a good neighbor - keep an eye on surrounding homes and properties. Be on the lookout for anyone trespassing or loitering in rear yards and for persons trying to open doors / windows. Make sure your doors and windows are securely locked at all times with sturdy, reliable locks. If you leave windows open for ventilation, install a locking device that prevents the window from being opened all the way.

     While the majority of burglaries were committed in the southwest quadrant of the city, there have been incidents in other areas. Stolen items have included jewelry, cash and electronics.

     Also, remember to lock your vehicles at all times and to never leave valuables in your car. We continue to see thefts from vehicles occurring where people leave car windows down, doors unlocked with valuable electronics, and even purses, in plain view.

     If you observe a crime or suspicious activity in progress, contact police immediately by calling 911 or 664-1180. Anyone with information on any crime is urged to call Lancaster City Police at (717) 735-3300 or Lancaster City-County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-322-1913. You can also click the Submit a Tip button on our website, www.lancasterpolice.com, or Text a Tip to Crime Stoppers by texting LANCS plus your message to 847411. Tipsters may remain anonymous and do not have to give their names.