The most common threat to our homes is burglary. During the past few weeks, we have taken several calls where burglaries have occurred in the homes of Basehor residents. The Leavenworth County Sheriffs Office is also reporting several burglaries in the surrounding areas.
According to the FBI, a burglary occurs somewhere in the United States every 15.4 seconds. Most burglaries occur during the daytime hours while residents are at work or school.
The most recent reported burglaries have occurred between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. The suspects park their vehicle in the driveway and then make entry through the back of the homes by kicking in the glass of the door. We suspect there are two or three individuals involved in these burglaries.
Once in the home, they are taking jewelry, cash, credit cards, personal items, and then they are causing a lot of damage in the homes that is not related to the burglary.
It may appear that burglaries are random, but they actually involve a selection process. Burglars choose unoccupied homes with easy access, the greatest amount of cover — such as trees and bushes — homes with easy escape routes and homes that appear not to have an alarm system.
Burglars continue to flourish because police can only clear about 13 percent of all reported burglaries, and we rarely catch the thief in the act.
The following are some suggestions that might help reduce the chances of your home being the next one burglarized.
• Make your home look occupied, and make it difficult to break-in.
• Lock all exterior doors and windows when you leave, even if for a short time.
• Keep your garage door closed and locked even when home and outdoors in the yard.
• Install deadbolt locks on all your exterior doors.
• When moving into a new home, have all locks changed.
• Trim trees and shrubs so that they cannot be used as hiding places for intruders.
• Never leave keys under doormats, flowerpots, etc. Burglars know where to look.
• Avoid placing empty boxes of newly purchased items at the curb for trash. This will only tell the intruder what is in your home.
• Consider the possibility of having an alarm system installed in your home.
• Be a good neighbor. If you notice anything suspicious, call 911.
The most important thing you can do is call the police to report a crime or any suspicious activity. You have to be the eyes in your neighborhood.
Remember, you can always remain anonymous when reporting situations to the police.
The number for the Basehor Police Department is (913) 724-1730 ext. 30 for non-emergency phone calls. Dial 911 for emergencies.