‘Lock It or Lose It!’
Press release from Arcata Police:
The Arcata Police Department would like to remind residents to “Lock It or Lose It!” in response to a spike in the number of property crime reported to our agency. The Arcata Police Department would like to focus the public’s attention on how best to prevent residential burglaries, motor vehicle burglaries and vehicle theft. As recent cases have shown, a partnership between alert residents and the police is one of the most effective ways to combat the burglary problem.
A burglary is committed when a suspect enters a residence or a locked vehicle with the intent to commit theft or any felony. Burglars are typically interested in avoiding confrontations and witnesses, so residential burglaries tend to occur during the day while homes are unoccupied, and auto burglaries tend to occur overnight while people sleep.
In Arcata, a comparison of property crime reveals an increase from 2016 to 2017. Specifically, there has been a sharp increase in vehicle theft and motor vehicle burglaries.
If your property is left unlocked, it’s more likely to be stolen. Residents who take the time to always lock the doors and windows to their homes when they are out are less likely to be victimized. Burglars want to get into homes as easily and as quickly as possible, so leaving doors or windows unlocked makes their job simple.
Residents are also encouraged to lock side yard gates. In many cases, burglars gain access to the rear yard after finding an unlocked gate. Once in the privacy of a back yard, they are free to break into the home unnoticed by passersby. This is often done after they ring the doorbell, posing as a solicitor or supposedly looking for someone who does not live there, to see if anyone is home. Residents are encouraged to speak through their doors to ask who is calling, or otherwise acknowledge in some manner that someone is home.
In addition to securing your home Arcata citizens and visitors are encouraged to not leave valuables in your car and always secure your vehicle by locking the doors and closing all windows. It only takes a few seconds for a burglar to reach in and take a purse left on a seat.
If you are going on summer vacation, Arcata Police Department encourages you to sign up for our vacation house checks. We offer this service free of charge and you can sign up by stopping by our office at 736 F Street from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm or calling our business line at707-822-2428. You must live within the City limits of Arcata to be eligible for this service.
The Arcata Police Department has made burglary prevention and burglar apprehension its top priorities. Patrol officers will be conducting extra patrol in neighborhoods when not otherwise assigned to calls for service, but APD needs your help in preventing these crimes. Residents are encouraged to call 9-1-1 to report suspected burglaries and call our 24-hour business line to report suspicious behavior at 707-822-2424.
DO NOT approach a suspected burglar. Call 9-1-1 and try and get as much information while maintaining a safe distance. Information that is helpful for the dispatcher includes: location, person description, clothing description, if a vehicle is associated the license plate number and vehicle make and color, and if they leave the direction of travel.