This is the District 3 Criminal Investigations weekly newsletter.
This week we continue to notice a spike in burglaries. There are several things driving the numbers upward. First, we have at least two groups breaking into residences using similar methods, arriving at the door ringing the doorbell or simply knocking on the door. If there is no response they go around back and make entry into the residence. Once inside the ransack the house and take small electronics, jewelry and cash. The good news is because of your information, suspect descriptions and phone calls about suspicious persons we were able to develop and obtain warrants on some of the suspects who are committing these crimes. The bad news is we have not caught them yet, but believe me we are very close to apprehension and arrest and these guys will be hearing from us very soon. So keep calling in those suspicious persons and vehicles and I will keep passing on to you what we are seeing on the streets. I am sure you will agree that this collaborative effort is absolutely necessary to abate criminal activity and keep our communities safe. Secondly, this week we noticed that people are still leaving their sliding doors and garage doors open when they retire for the night and criminals are entering the house while the occupants are upstairs. The criminals are taking purses, laptops and other small valuable items. Please lock your doors and close the garage, the last thing you want to see when you come downstairs is someone who does not live there. Right?!!
We have also experienced a small spike in Motor Vehicle Thefts this week primarily because of the adverse weather conditions that we have been experiencing. For instance, we are seeing that people warm up their cars early in the morning go back inside for coffee but leave the car door unlocked or perhaps they will go in to pay for gas and leave the car running. Please secure your car before leaving it.
Finally, the holidays are upon us and usually crimes of opportunity go on the rise within the city. So, just a few tips…Do not carry large sums of money on your person. Do not shop alone…take somebody with you, it’s more fun that way anyway. Don’t count your money in the parking lot or in the open mall. Don’t carry your purse or bags across your shoulder but carry it across your body and to the front so that you can maintain control of your purse at all time and this will keep your hands free. Park in well-lit areas and not far from the stores whenever possible. Gentlemen, keep your wallet in your front pocket while shopping. Do not leave your purse in the cart while you go and look at something. Always be aware of your surroundings and listen…do not resist if you are being robbed. Always cooperate with the robber. Your life is more important than items of material value. Be a good witness, obtain a good description of the suspect and call 911 immediately.
Until next time, have a good and safe Thanksgiving Holiday….
Sergeant K.L. Johnson
Durham Police Department
Criminal Investigations Division
8 Consultant Place
Durham, North Carolina 27707
919-560-4583 ext 29359 (Office)
919-907-9810 (City Cell)