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Salt Lake police warn homeowners about burglars

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - Salt Lake City Police Officers are on a mission to reduce burglaries. It’s all part of the departments commitment to reduce crime and increase neighborhood watch by next year.
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – Salt Lake City Police Officers are on a mission to reduce burglaries. It’s all part of the departments commitment to reduce crime and increase neighborhood watch by next year.

Police officers say they patrol neighborhoods thinking like a burglar. What's the easiest and quickest way to rip someone off and when is the best time to do it, and then they warn homeowners they think are at risk.

"We're just stopping by because we’re trying to get people to keep their stuff secure garages shut just because 25% of all the burglaries that occur are due to stuff like this," said Detective Brandon Hansen as he points to one residents open garage.

Salt Lake P-D’s Community Intelligence Unit says in the last two months around 40 burglaries have occurred in District 5 alone. That includes 9th south to 21st south and the east side of Interstate-15 to 1300 east.

"Typically the residential burglaries are happening while people are going to work,” said Detective Hansen.

Police say that is why home owners and neighbors need to be aware and look out for each other. Robert Mitchell has lived in his neighborhood for eight years and says he is shocked to learn about the crime that is happening practically in his own back yard.

Detective Hansen says homeowners need to be more cautious and to help them, he and other officers are offering tips, handing out information and numbers to call if they see suspicious activity.

"You haven't seen them before their looking at every house checking out as they go by their either walking or riding a bicycle or even driving a car, everything is very slow,” said Detective Hansen.  He also said get familiar with your neighbors patterns and exchange numbers in case you see something out of the ordinary, because It’s better to be safe than sorry. Now, homeowners like nick Norton say they plan to be a lot more careful about leaving burglars an open invitation.

To report suspicious activity call SLCP dispatch at (801) 799-3000. For more information visit http://www.slcpd.com

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