Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Friday, January 29, 2010

Citizen Alert- Officers investigate storage unit burglaries

01-29-10 Citizen Alert- Officers investigate storage unit burglaries
   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 carried away.
At this time, investigators are trying to develop suspect information.
   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: Tip236.
 
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 recovered.
 
   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 storage unit.
   Citizens should always call 911 if they believe they are witnessing a crime in progress.