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Posted on: August 14, 2018

[ARCHIVED] Simple actions help prevent theft from vehicles and homes

Car Burglar

Actions such as making sure your vehicle doors are locked and garage doors are closed overnight may seem like simple things, but failure to take care of these details can open the door – figuratively and literally – to thieves prowling neighborhoods looking for criminal opportunities.

The Roswell Police Department has recently investigated, and continues to investigate, numerous vehicle burglaries and similar thefts from residential properties. The most recent set of these crimes has been in the north part of the city, with several occurring in an area between East Berrendo and East Mescalero roads. One man was arrested earlier this month and charged with 11 counts of burglary related to an approximately three-week period of thefts of items in all or most instances left inside vehicles, but investigators believe there are also other people involved in these types of crimes recently.

RPD reminds citizens to ensure vehicle doors are locked when you exit your vehicle. Also, do not leave valuables in your vehicle. And don’t forget to close (and lock if feasible) the doors to your garage or shed in the evening if you had them open during the day.

Everyone should keep an eye out for suspicious activity in your neighborhood and call RPD (624-6770) if you notice anything or anyone that is out of place or unusual. In conjunction with the recent string of vehicle burglaries and other thefts, RPD has received calls of prowlers peering over fences in neighborhoods. In line with that, please call police if dogs in yards, alleys or streets start barking at odd hours. They may be letting everyone know something is amiss.

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