Yuma home burglaries on the rise

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Yuma home burglaries on the rise

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YUMA, Ariz. (13 On Your Side) – A rise in home burglaries in Yuma has police on high alert.

According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, there were more than 1,000 burglaries reported in Yuma in 2012—up more than 25% since 2011.

According to the Yuma Police Department, most of the items that have been stolen are items that can be easily re-sold, like flat screen TV's.

Residents are responding to the increase in crime by asking the Yuma Police Department for more patrols.

Yuma Police Department Public Information Officer Leann Worthen says the community's cry for help is not going unnoticed.

"If they think we need to do more, call us," she said. "We can go out to your house and give you tips on what you might do to help make your house less accessible to thieves and we can do that for businesses as well."

Worthen says police are doing all they can to bring the burglary rate down in the worst affected areas of the city.

They have also identified areas where more burglaries are happening and sent crime suppression units out.

"We have our crime suppression unit that consists of different types of officers. They're in the cars, they're using bikes, they're walking the streets, they're walking neighborhoods trying to find out what's going on."

Worthen says simple burglary prevention measures such as locking doors and keeping valuables out of sight are great deterrents.

"Burglary is a crime of opportunity, and sometimes the opportunity is easier in some places than others. So make it harder for them, make sure you're locking your house, locking your vehicles and just being a watchful citizen."

The Yuma Police Department also offers a registry for neighborhood watch, which Worthen says is easy to set up.

Worthen says thieves tend to target places they feel are easy to enter, and out in the open.

If you see a crime in progress, it is always safest to call police using 911 or anonymously through 78-CRIME and let them handle it.

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