Police: Spate of burglaries calls for precautions

Investigation shows burglars did not have to force their way into most homes

Posted: Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Juneau police advise people to lock their doors and windows when they leave their homes after a string of burglaries was reported in the Mendenhall Valley during the last two weeks.

The investigation showed that burglars didn't have to force their way into most homes, Sgt. Ed Mercer said. In one case, the investigators did find evidence of forcible entry, though.

The most recent burglary reported was one Friday in the 8600 block of Dudley Street.

Police were unable to state on Monday the total number of recent burglaries, because they were still compiling figures for burglaries since Jan. 1, according to Capt. Tom Porter.

"Residential burglaries normally occur during the day when residents are not at home and may be at work," Mercer said.

Burglars commonly watch the daily routine of people in a neighborhood before striking, he added.

In more than half of the recent valley burglaries, electronic equipment and miscellaneous personal property was reported stolen.

A home was reported broken into Sunday afternoon, across the Gastineau Channel in the 8000 block of North Douglas Highway, police said. Gastineau Elementary School, 1507 Third St. in Douglas, also was reported broken into over the weekend in a crime that included substantial vandalism, according to police reports.

Police have asked for the community's help in reporting information that might be helpful in solving these crimes and others, as well as incidents they consider suspicious.

• Tony Carroll can be reached at tony.carroll@juneauempire.com.

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