09-16-10 Public Safety Alert: Stranger entering homes through
UPDTE: Sept. 21, 2010 - At this time, the recent reports
from three women of a stranger entering their home overnight are
still under investigation. As soon as the investigation reveals new
information that can be released, the BPD PIO office will make that
info public. Read below for the alert posted Sept. 16th.
Boise Police Crime Prevention experts
have also sent safety advisories to Neighborhood Watch groups
and to Neighborhood Associations. The personal safety tips are
worth passing on to everyone!
1) Be watchful in your neighborhood of someone
walking/biking/driving in your area, possibly casing for potential
victims. If you see someone suspicious (acting odd or what you
consider not 'normal' for your area), call police dispatch at
377-6790 and give a good description of the person, their behavior
2) If you or other neighbors get up during the night,
take a moment to look outside. If you see something or someone
suspicious or potentially criminal, call police dispatch
immediately at 911.
3) Lock all outside (entry) doors and secure
windows. Close garage doors, turn on outside porch lights and
have them on all night.
4) Communicate with your neighbors and watch out for
The above tips are basic and what we ask
every Neighborhood Watch group to do. We are asking you to be on
'extra alert' because of the recent reports from north Boise.
Officers hope to find the person(s) responsible, but also to
prevent more similar incidents from occurring!
Thank you for taking preventive measures
on your property; thank you for your concern and interest in your
neighborhood. Stay safe.
For more on forming a Neighborhood Watch
group in your area, contact Charlene Miller in the Boise Police
Department's Crime Prevention Unit: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Boise, Sept. 16, 2010 - Boise Police are
alerting citizens to lock their doors and windows and double check
the doors are locked before going to sleep at night. The caution
comes after three separate but possibly connected reports of a
stranger entering homes in Boise's north side. Boise Police believe
sexual assault is the suspect's motivation for entering the
"This has been very frightening for the
victims. Finding out if these reports are connected and who's
responsible is definitely a priority. So is trying to prevent this
from happening again." said Sgt. Kip Higby of the Boise Police
Special Victims Unit. "With the third similar incident
reported last night, while we investigate, we felt the community
needs to know about these reports and what steps they should take
to protect themselves. We consider the person or persons behind
these crimes to be very dangerous."
What's Happened: Since mid-June, and
most recently this week, Boise Police have received three separate
reports from women of a strange man entering their home in the
dark, early morning hours between 1:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. Patrol
officers and detectives with the Boise Police Special Victims Unit
have responded and are investigating. In each case, it appears the
man entered the homes through an unlocked door.
These crimes are still under
investigation, but officers say in each case the stranger has
entered women's bedrooms while they slept. Victims report they woke
up to find the man touching them. In at least one case, the victim
did seek medical attention. All three victims are cooperating fully
with investigating officers. In none of the cases was the suspect
known to be carrying a weapon. Further details of the crimes remain
under investigation, including whether the reports are connected.
Officers are also looking into whether other reported crimes in the
area may be related.
Suspect description: At this time,
the suspect description in each case has been a light-skinned male
who is last seen leaving the residence on foot. When a more
detailed description is available it will be released.
Location: All three reports have
occurred in the north Boise area between Reserve Street and N.36th
Street, north of Main Street and south of W.Hill Rd.
Entry:In all three reports it appears
the stranger entered the women's homes during the dark, early
morning hours through unlocked doors.
Officers asking residenst to be alert:
Investigators are asking residents or those who frequent north side
neighborhoods to watch for anyone or anything suspicious during the
dark, early morning hours. If residents see something suspicious
that is in progress they're urged to call 911 immediately.
Crime Stoppers:Anyone who may have
information on the above crimes is urged to call Crime Stoppers at
343-COPS, log onto www.343cops.com, or text CRIMES or 274637,