EPD Property Crimes detectives would like to remind residents to close and lock their garage doors. There has been an increase in garage burglaries where the suspect(s) gained entry through open garage doors and unlocked pedestrian entrances. In some cases, the suspect used a tool to gain entry, but in most of the occurrences, entry has been unforced. Once in the garage, burglars have stolen property such as tools, bicycles and other valuables. The increase in these burglaries has been recorded across the city, and not confined to any specific area.
Regardless of where you live, it is important to be aware of potential security risks and take the following steps to protect your home and property:
Thieves know that if your car is parked somewhere other than your home, they may have time and opportunity to enter your garage while you are still away. For this reason, ensure that any paperwork inside your vehicle does not return to your home address.
If you are uncertain about the security of your home, please contact the community engagement team to schedule a free home security inspection. Visit our website at www.eugenepolice.com for more details and for more prevention tips and information, including home security video tutorials.
Neighbors, please be alert and call police for any behavior that appears suspicious. For emergencies and crimes in progress call 9-1-1. To report suspicious activity or crimes that have already occurred that are not emergencies, please call the non-emergency line at 541.682.5111.