01-29-10 Citizen Alert- Officers investigate storage unit
Boise, Jan, 29, 2010 -Boise Police are
investigating a series of burglaries at local storage units.
It's unclear if the burglaries are being committed by
the same people, but officers want storage unit customers to know
some tips that could help prevent theft.
Background: Over the past 2 - 3
weeks, Boise Police have received reports from several storage
units throughout the city that units were being broken into and
items inside stolen.
Officers are still investigating how the suspects made
entry onto the storage unit property. It appears the thief cut
locks to gain entry into the storage units themselves. Items stolen
include electronic items and items small enough to be easily
At this time, investigators are trying to develop suspect
Anyone with any information on the recent series of
storage unit break-ins is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS,
or log onto www.343cops.com, or text CRIMES or 274637, subject:
Crime Prevention Tips:
Boise Police say storage unit managers try to
keep their properties secure. However, unit renters should also
keep these tips in mind to protect their property:
- Use high security locks that cannot be easily cut. These
locks are available at most local hardware or home improvement
stores. They may cost about $10 more than other types of locks, but
are more secure. Officers say a thief armed with bolt cutters is
going to traget the easiest locks first.
- Take photographs of items in your storage unit. If the
items are lost or damaged in any way, the owner will more
accurately be able to describe the units contents.
- Record serial numbers on electronic items. Serial numbers
can help police track items that have been stolen and
Boise Police are also giving out a Crime Stoppers
sign to any storage unit manager that requests one (see attached).
The signs keep customers alert to suspicious activity and tell them
who to contact if they have see any suspicious activity around the
Citizens should always call 911 if they believe they
are witnessing a crime in progress.