Seattle neighborhoods seeing rise in burglaries

SEATTLE Seattle Police are reporting a rise in residential burglaries in several neighborhoods. They say as the weather warms up the number of break-ins is climbing.

The city s Capitol Hill neighborhood had 62 burglaries in March. That s about an average of two burglaries a day.

The thieves are taking advantage of people being careless with doors and windows, police said. The crooks are slipping thro0ugh a window that is unlocked or are prying open doors with faulty latches. According to police, the crooks are becoming more brazen, breaking into home even when families are asleep upstairs.

Officers said the crooks are taking laptops, electronics, jewelry and cash; whatever they can quickly get their hands on.

Police say the best advice is to always lock all your doors and windows.

When you're home, make sure your doors are locked even with your entire family inside, you don't want to have someone come up to your front door step and turn the knob and enter but people are that brazen, said Sean Whitcomb, Seattle Police.

Some burglars are targeting homes or commercial buildings under construction and stealing expensive tools.

There is one consolation. Although there has been a recent spike, burglaries overall are down about seven percent from last year.


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