Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Home Burglary Alert; What's happening and how to protect against becoming a victim

Boise, Sept. 12, 2013 - Boise Police  are investigating what appears to be a series of of high dollar, day time residential burglaries. Several similar cases have been reported throughout the city, however, at least three have occurred in northwest Boise within the past two weeks.

"This is a good reminder for all of us to watch out for our neighbors and be alert to potentially suspicious activity even in broad daylight," said Deputy Chief William Bones.

"It's an awful feeling to have your home broken into. Victims of home burglaries understandably feel violated, even angry at the loss of valuable or sentimental possessions. We're working to find those responsible. But these cases remind us all how important it is to keep our homes secure and know what kinds of activity to watch for that may threaten the safety of our neighborhood."

About the Burglaries:

What: Home burglaries. Some have been forced entry, meaning a door was kicked in or window broken. Others appear to lack forced entry indicating a door to the house or garage door may have been left open. Items taken include jewelry and electronics.

When: Possibly related cases have occurred within the last few weeks. 

Where: Around the city, three cases in NW Boise in the past two weeks.

Persons of Interest: Two males in their low to mid twenties seen riding mountain bikes. 

  • Person #1: Light skinned male, approx. 5’9’’ 140 lbs, sandy blonde hair in a pony tail, seen wearing a button down shirt and khaki pants.
  • Person #2: darker skinned male, approx. 5’5’’ 160 lbs, short dark brown hair in a pony tail, also seen wearing a button collared shirt with khaki pants. 

Possible "Solicitor" Connection: Neighbors in the areas where the burglaries have occurred report to police two young males matching the above description knock on doors and if a resident answers, offer free carpet cleaning. However, when questioned about their activities, they quickly leave.

Possible connected vehicle: White ford cargo van with California license plates.

Who to Call: If the suspicious activity is occurring or just occurred, residents are urged to call 911.

If anyone has information on who may be responsible to the crimes, please contact Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS, or log onto www.343cops.com, or text CRIMES or 274637, subject: Tip236. Tips can also be made via the Crime Stoppers Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/CSofSWIdaho.  A citizen can remain anonymous. A reward of up to $1,000 is offered by Crime Stoppers for information leading to the arrest of criminal suspects.

Burglary Trend: A check of reports shows residential burglaries are not on the increase within the city, but appear on par with past years. However, the recent spike is noteworthy and officers hope citizen education will help reduce the crime and assist police in finding those responsible.

Crime Prevention: What residents should know:

Door to Door Solicitors: All legitimate solicitors need to have a Boise City issued Solicitors License like the one pictured.Solicitors License Boise City Solicitor Licenses have the seller's individual photo as well as the city logo. All licensed solicitors must adhere to Boise City Code regarding solicitation restrictions including operations hours between 9:00 a.m. and one hour after sunset unless located in a commercially zoned area.  

Boise Police Crime Prevention Experts have these additional tips:

  • Do not allow or invite solicitors into your home.  They can conduct business on your doorstep and they do not need to assess your belongings. 
  • Ask to see a City issued license to sell – it must be on their person and in plain view.  They must be honest about who they are and what they are trying to sell.
  • Ask for written information about the company.  Let them know that you will be doing research on that company before purchasing any of their products.
  • Be cautious about giving out any personal or financial information without being certain of the product and the seller’s intentions.
  • Report aggressive or suspicious solicitors to law enforcement immediately by calling Police Dispatch at 911. Provide a description of the solicitor and what direction they were headed.
  • Alert other neighbors in the immediate area.  If you have a Neighborhood Watch, immediately contact your NW Chairperson who can notify the other residents of this activity.
  • To establish a Neighborhood Watch in your area, contact cdemirelli@cityofboise.org. 

Daytime Home Security:

  • Keep exterior doors and windows locked, including both bay and side garage doors.
  • Turning off outside lights (not motion sensors). 
  • Make the home look occupised by picking up your newspaper, tilting open your blinds, consider leaving a radio on while gone. 
  • Keep landscape trimmed to prevent hiding places.
  • Don’t leave spare house keys under a flower pot or doormat – give a spare to a trusted neighbor or friend.

Home Security Survey: Boise Police Crime Prevention experts will, by appointment, come to your home for a security assessment. Fore more, go to: /crime-prevention/home-security-survey/