Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Residential Burglaries Spike - Press Release

The City of Arcadia has experienced approximately 50 residential burglaries since January 1, 2009. A majority of these burglaries have occurred during daytime hours, on weekdays, and are committed throughout the City. Homes have been targeted in the south and west portions of town and condominiums/apartments have been victimized in the downtown and west areas as well. Entry has been gained in many crimes through unlocked or open, rear and side doors and windows of the residences. Pry marks from items such as a flat-head screw drivers have also been found on forced open doors at scenes.

It is our belief that while some of these crimes may be attributed to individual suspect(s), the majority of the burglaries are being committed by organized groups of thieves. There is no specific suspect description to share with the public, but we are reaching out to the community in a campaign of awareness. The Arcadia Police Department is asking that anyone that observes suspicious activity or persons, immediately call our dispatchers at (626)574-5123.

Should you notice a person or persons wandering in a neighborhood or driving slowly past residences, parked or stopped cars that are not known to the area, subjects knocking on doors with no apparent business, or other actions that would indicate a crime in progress, you are asked to call the police. Please secure your homes and make sure that all doors and windows are closed and locked before you leave home.

The Arcadia Police Department has officers patrolling residential neighborhoods and additional investigators conducting saturation patrols, but community involvement is also necessary. These crimes have also plagued surrounding cities and our detectives are communicating with allied agency personnel to coordinate our enforcement and investigative efforts.

For further information, please contact the Arcadia Police Department, Detective Bureau at (626)574-5160.

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