With burglaries still the No. 1 crime problem in Paradise Valley, the town’s police department is counting on the public to help decrease the crimes by taking more precautions.
Paradise Valley has had 95 burglaries so far this year as of Sunday, six more than last year at this time, statistics show.
About 95 percent involved items stolen from vehicles or homes.
Rick Cookemboo, the town’s crime prevention officer, said that people need to better secure their personal belongings.
“The 7 percent increase of reported burglaries and 14 percent increase in motor vehicle thefts this year shows that we need the help of the public when it comes to protecting their property,” Cookemboo said.
“One of the biggest factors in these crimes is that people still leave the doors and windows unlocked on their homes and vehicles,” he said.
Of the reported 95 burglaries, 29 involved an open or unlocked fence gate, open garage door, or open or unlocked window or doors as the access point to the property, police said.
Burglaries Paradise Valley burglaries this year as of Sunday Vehicle burglaries: 51 Residential: 39 Business: 5 Vehicle thefts: 8
Source: Paradise Valley Police Department