Burglary spree in Bozeman

 

Since June 1, 2011, our Bozeman police Officers have responded to 20 burglaries and attempted burglaries throughout the city.  These burglaries have occurred at night with the primary mode being entry into unlocked garages, prying open doors or breaking of windows.  These burglaries occurred during the night.  In some cases, nothing was taken but in others cash, alcohol, jewelry and tools have been taken.  Our officers are patrolling your neighborhoods with increased vehicle, foot and bicycle patrols.  However, we still need your help.  Here are some tips to help prevent your home from being the next target.  We also ask that you report anything you may see or hear that appears unusual or out of place.  If you have information regarding these burglaries, call Crimestoppers at 586-1131 or email us at policetips@bozeman.net

 

 

Areas burglarized:

 

June 4

1000 South Black

 

June 6

400 North Bozeman

 

June 8

1100 North 7th

100 South 10th

400 South 5th

 

June 10

3400 West Ravalli

400 South Willson

 

June 13

100 South Grand

100 West Babcock

400 South 3rd

400 West Koch

100 West Babcock

400 South 6th

 

June 16

200 North 7th

600 West Mendenhall

 

June 17

200 North 7th

200 East Story

 

June 20

200 East Story

110 South 11th

 

Burglary Prevention Tips:

·         Keep all doors and windows closed and securely fastened. An open window or door is an open invitation for burglars. Thieves are also quick to spot weak locks that may be easily forced open. Doors should have deadbolt locks with a one inch throw and reinforced strike plates held in place with three inch screws. All windows should have window locks.

·         Secure sliding glass doors. Place a metal rod or a wooden dowel in the track and install vertical bolts. These will help prevent burglars from forcing the door open or lifting it off the track.

·         Always lock the door to an attached garage. Don’t rely on your automatic garage door opener for security.

·         Create the illusion that you are home by using timers on lights, radios and TV’s. Making your residence appear occupied, even when no one is home, will deter criminals.

·         Keep the perimeter of your home well lit.  Installing low voltage outdoor lighting is a cost-effective way to discourage intruders, as well as highlight a house.

·         Never leave clues that you are away on a trip. Have a trusted neighbor collect mail and newspapers while you are away so delivered items do not accumulate. You can also ask a neighbor to park in your driveway or parking place to give the appearance you are at home.   Keep your shades and blinds up and curtains open to maintain a normal, everyday appearance in your residence.

·         Never leave a message on your telephone answering machine telling people that you are away from home. A message that you will return at a certain time leaves your home vulnerable in the interim.

·         Keep trees and shrubs trimmed away from entrances and walkways. While large, ornate hedges may be beautiful, they also provide a hiding place for burglars who need only a minute to break in through a window or door.

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