Police are reminding citizens that it takes vigilant effort to keep from becoming a victim of thieves. That includes more than just keeping homes and vehicles locked at all times.
Logan City Police Chief Gary Jensen said all of us need to take the opportunity out of the eyes of somebody who would be motivated to steal.
“So you leave your purse on the front seat, it’s not a matter of locked doors, it’s a matter of an opportunity,” Jensen said. “You may end up being a victim based on the theft but also a victim based on the broken window. You just have to, I hate to say it out loud but kind of think like a criminal. You see an opportunity, you seize an opportunity as a criminal. So we need to take that visual out of their ability. If they don’t see the purse, they are probably not going to break your window and get into your car.”
Officers are finding that many burglaries are committed in series, where a criminal will break into a car or home and then continue to do it until they are caught.
Jensen said because of technology, catching these people is becoming easier in some ways.
“It is just a cycle of different individuals that see a moment, seize a moment and see how easy it is. Of course, as you know, it is hard to do anything now a days without being caught on camera somewhere and somehow. So, we are pretty good at being able to track down and get a face out there, and being able to solve these crimes for the most part.”
Police also recommend that citizens be vigilant in protecting themselves online. They suggest changing passwords regularly, so thieves can’t access personal data or finances.