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June 11, 2010 > Residential Burglaries - a threat in summer

Residential Burglaries - a threat in summer

By Meenu Gupta

There is a natural increase in residential burglaries during the summer season. According to Officer Gene Smith, Milpitas PD, combating residential burglaries is a major focus of the Milpitas Police Department especially during the summer season when people tend to leave the windows and doors open. On Wednesday, June 2, at about 4:58 p.m., Milpitas Police responded to a burglary in the 2200 Block of Seacliff Drive. A resident returned home and discovered an unknown person entered the home through an open second story window and stole approximately $3300 worth of personal property.

Police warns the residents not to leave their house unsecured. Leaving the windows or doors open increases the chances of becoming a burglary victim. It is also important to check the areas in and around the house and remove or secure any items which could be used to access second story windows. "We are asking for the community's assistance in reporting any suspicious activity, specifically within residential areas, "said Officer Smith. "Such activity could be pedestrians, bicyclists or vehicle occupants behaving unusually in neighborhoods. If you see strangers in your neighborhood knocking on random doors, climbing fences or looking into parked vehicles call the police immediately." Residents should not try to confront anyone, but rather try to observe the suspect description, vehicle and the direction of travel if they leave. Citizens witnessing in progress emergencies are encouraged to call 9-1-1. Citizens using cell phones to report in progress emergencies are encouraged to call (408) 263-1212. Police encourages people to place this number in their cell phone contact list. Citizens witnessing non-emergency in-progress incidents are encouraged to call (408) 586-2400.

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