Crime Prevention

Check here for tips on how to stay safe and what to do if you become the victim of a crime.

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BURGLARIES

A burglary is when a person enters or remains unlawfully with the intent to commit a crime. In most residential and automobile burglaries, entrance was made through an open window or unlocked door. Burglary is a third degree felony, unless it is committed in a dwelling (a residence). A residential burglary is a second degree felony. Aggravated burglary is a first degree felony. A aggravated burglary is a burglary where the suspect uses or threatens use of a dangerous weapon against a victim, causes injury to the victim, or possesses an explosive or dangerous weapon. Vehicle burglary is a class A misdemeanor.
In the event you become the victim of a burglary, there are some things you can do to help the police with the investigation. If you come home and notice forced entry to your residence, DO NOT enter. The suspect/s may still be inside. Go to a safe location and immediately call the police, use 911. Remember, a burglar leaves evidence of their crime and presence, whether they mean to or not. Do not follow their footprints, not only could this be dangerous by leading you to the suspect, you may leave your trace evidence along the trail as well. Do not clean the mess they may leave. The mess may contain valuable evidence for the investigator. Do not touch anything. Fingerprints, footprints, hair, clothing fragments, etc may become tainted as evidence. Burglars are not the smartest persons out there. They usually leave some evidence that will connect them to their crime. Remember, your burglarized house and the surrounding area has become a crime scene. Many a crime scene has been destroyed by the homeowner, without intention.

TIPS FOR A SAFER RESIDENCE:

Keep trees and shrubs closest to the building to a minimum.
Install an alarm system. It doesn't have to be an elaborate system.
Lock doors and close windows, even when going around the corner to the convenience store. Criminals often watch houses for people leaving; they make their move then.
Install window locks. (As cheap as 75 cents each)
Tell a trusted friend or neighbor to watch your house when you are going out of town. Have them bring in your Newspaper daily and turn the porch light off in the day and on at night. Criminals will watch for homes with a couple of days worth of newspapers in the driveway and porch lights left on all day.
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