Residential burglaries on the rise
MONROE - The city is reporting a rise in residential burglaries.
Over the weekend of April 7-8, police officers responded to seven burglaries in which homes were broken into and property was stolen while the homeowners were away. Often the suspects are kicking in doors or entering homes through garages to gain access.
Some of these burglaries were disrupted by barking dogs or residential alarm systems. Other ways to help prevent burglaries from occurring are keeping all doors and windows closed and locked including vehicles, installing dead bolt locks on outside doors and placing fitted dowels in the tracks of your windows and sliding doors to keep them from being forced or lifted out of the frames. Always lock your doors, even if you plan to be away just a few minutes.
Keep doorways and the outside of your home well lit and consider installing motion sensitive lights around the perimeter. Also, trim shrubbery around windows and doorways to remove potential hiding places for a burglar.
The Police Department needs the public’s help in locating the person or persons responsible for these burglaries that have occurred throughout the city.
If anyone observes suspicious behavior of unknown vehicles or people in the neighborhood, notify the Police Department immediately by calling 911.
To provide information, call the Monroe Police Department at 360-794-6300 or anonymous information may be left on the department’s tip line at 360-863-4600.
By TRIBUNE STAFF
Published April 18, 2012