Update: Racine police release results of burglary prevention effort
RACINE — Racine police released results this week on an effort to reduce crime in the city.
Police Chief Art Howell announced the “Focus on Five” initiative. It focused on the following areas:
- Heroin Trafficking
- Human Trafficking
- Recovery of Illegal Firearms
- Robbery Reduction
- Burglary Reduction
Officials say burglaries were reduced by 21 percent in 2014 (over 2013) and further reduced by an additional 22 percent year to date in 2015. Still, officials say additional work remains ahead.
As a result of the community efforts and the Racine Police Department’s diligent Officers and Investigators, the Racine Police Department has arrested over twenty people for burglary offenses over the last two months, some with multiple charges.
National statistics show that a large percentage of residential burglaries occur during daytime hours when many homes are unoccupied. Statistics also show that burglary activity increases during the Christmas holiday season. To minimize your risk of becoming victimized during this season, Racine police urge you to take a moment to view the following home security tips.
- Breakdown commercial boxes that bring attention to recently purchased big-ticket items
- Turn collapsed boxes inside out before placing curbside, or wait until trash is being picked-up to discard these items
AVOID PLACING FAMILY NAME ON MAILBOX, DOORS, ETC.
- Burglars and other criminals may use this information to obtain telephone subscriber information
- Suspects may use this information to call target homes to confirm home is unoccupied before making entry
IF YOU LEAVE YOUR HOME UNATTENDED DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON
- Make arrangements to have mail and newspapers picked-up daily
- Use automatic timers to control interior and exterior lighting
- Make arrangements for home to be checked by trusted person
- Allow neighbors to periodically park in driveway
- Do not use answering machine to announce your absence
CHRISTMAS TREE DISPLAY TIPS
- Where possible, avoid open display of tree and wrapped presents (viewable from sidewalk or street)
- Do not store expensive items under tree well in advance of Christmas (iPads, video game systems, jewelry, etc.)
HOLIDAY SAFETY TIPS
- While shopping, secure packages in trunk or out of view
- While attending holiday parties or delivering presents, do not leave gift-wrapped items in plain view (in parked vehicles)
REPORT SUSPICIOUS PERSONS IMMEDIATELY
- Burglars often work in teams of two or more, with one offender entering targeted homes while an accomplice waits inside a nearby vehicle.
- Suspicious vehicles may or may not be occupied. Offenders may use a stalled vehicle as a ruse
- In order to confirm whether a target home is occupied or not, burglary offenders commonly knock on doors before entering homes. If greeted by a resident, suspects will ask for a fictitious person and indicate they must have the wrong address.
WHERE DO BURGLARS LOOK FOR VALUABLES?
- In addition to targeting electronics (flat screen TVs, computers, video game systems, etc., burglary offenders will target bedrooms and other locations where jewelry is likely stored.
- Do not store family heirlooms and other irreplaceable items in easy to find locations.
TO MAKE YOUR HOME LESS ATTRACTIVE TO BURGLARS
- Keep doors and windows locked when not at home
- Use solid core exterior doors and deadbolt locks
- Use proper interior and exterior lighting (with timers when not at home)
- Purchase alarm or home security system with cameras and DVR recorder
The Racine Police Department is interested in any additional information that anyone may have about crimes in the community. Any witnesses, or citizens with information, are urged to call the Racine Police Department Investigations Unit at 262-635-7756.
You may also contact Crimestoppers with your anonymous tips at 262-636-9330, or by texting RACS plus the message to CRIMES (274637) and referring to Tipsoft I.D. #TIP417 with your text message.