Seattle home burglary spike concerns police

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by TERESA YUAN / KING 5 News

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Posted on June 26, 2013 at 8:49 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 26 at 9:25 AM

SEATTLE -- Seattle police are concerned about a major spike in residential burglaries. In the first five months of 2013, Seattle police have seen a 29 percent increase in home burglaries.

“I believe in May alone we had about 700 burglaries citywide. That's 700 different victims, not necessarily 700 different suspects with this type of property crime. We believe that it's usually the same person or people committing it,” said Sgt. Sean Whitcomb, Seattle police spokesperson.

Whitcomb recommends residents protect their home and property by locking all doors including back door and sliding glass doors, plus locking all windows when they are home or away.

“Burglars are creative. They’ll climb trees. They’ll climb ladders. They’ll bring ladders, so make sure your house is secure before you leave. Make sure your house is secure when you’re home at night,” said Whitcomb.   

Whitcomb also recommends recording the serial numbers of electronics to give to detectives in case you are a crime victim.

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