The following is taken from an alert sent to residents of the affected neighborhoods via Nextdoor.com:
Boise Police are alerting residents in North Boise foothills neighborhoods to be on the alert following a series of residential burglaries.
What's Happening: The series of eight reported burglaries began in November, 2013 but have increased recently with two being reported this past weekend. It's unclear exactly how many are connected but detectives say the crimes have several things in common that residents should be aware of so they can take steps to prevent the crimes.
What the burglaries have in common:
- The burglaries are occurring mainly on weekends to homes where the occupants are away.
- Many of the homes targeted back up to open space, natural parkland and foothills trails.
- Officers believe the thieves are looking for homes that have no interior lights on when night falls.
- They cut power and phone lines to the homes and break into a back door to gain entry.
- The thieves are taking expensive jewelry and other high end items. Identifying items including passports have also been stolen.
The Investigation: Officers are investigating and folliowing as many leads as they can uncover. Officers urge citizens to be on the watch for:
- Unfamiliar cars in the neighborhood. Although the theives are making entry into the homes from the back, officers believe the theives do have a vehicle nearby.
- Activity in city parks that are closed after dark like Camel's Back Park.
- Don't hesitate to call police if you think activity in your neighborhood may be suspicious. Officers would rather come check it out and have it be nothing than miss activity that could solve or prevent a crime.
Crime Prevention: Officers urge residents to take steps to protect thier homes and property, including:
- Watch out for each other; Share with trusted neighbors when you will be away and who, if anyone has access to your home. Always be watchful and call police is you see anything suspiciously out of the ordinary.
- If you have an alarm system, have a battery backup so if tripped, an audible alarm can alert neighbors.
- Invest in a trail cam or other motion activated security camera system. Mount security cameras in the back as well as the front of your home.
- Use timers to activate lights (inside and outside), radios or the TV during evening hours when you're away.
- Photograph jewelry and other valuables. If these valuables are ever stolen, photographs will help officers trying to recover and identify them.
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