Salt Lake police note upward trend in burglaries

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SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake City police said car and home burglaries increased during the last two weeks of June.

A report by the department’s Crime Intelligence Unit shows increases in burglaries throughout the city, notably in the Hogle Zoo / Foothill Village area, where car burglaries rose “dramatically.”

The burglars have been checking windows and doors, not giving up until they find one that is open and unlocked, the report said.

Police offered the following safety tips to decrease the likelihood of becoming a victim of crime:

  • Be aware: Regardless of the time of day, watch for strangers walking slowly around your neighborhood, looking into cars, trying car doors, even knocking on doors when you know the neighbors are at work or out of town.
  • Lock it up: Do not leave any property that is, or looks, valuable in cars or yards. Lock windows and doors, and close garage doors — even while home.
  • Take notes: Write down details about a subject’s appearance, car or other identifying characteristics and share it with police.
  • Call police: If it’s an emergency or a crime in progress, call 911. In a non-emergency, call (801) 799-3000. For chronic public safety issues in your neighborhood, contact your CIU Officer.
  • Text it: Tipsters may remain anonymous. Send a text to 274637. Start the message with the keyword TIPSLCPD, which routes the information to the correct law enforcement agency. Attach photos if you have them.

Read the full crime trend report, which is based on cases evaluated for the two week period of June 16-29, 2013, compared to June 9-20, 2013:

District 1: Fair Park, Rose Park.
Increase in burglaries of homes under construction: workers’ equipment/tools at night
11 car prowls and vehicle vandalisms as a result of same car prowls.

District 2: Glendale, Poplar Grove.
Increase in stolen vehicles from one to nine cases between 900 W. and Redwood Rd. and I-80 to 1700 S.
11 car burglaries
18 recovered stolen vehicles

District 3: Capitol Hill area
Home/car burglaries up

District 4: Downtown, East Central
Increase in home burglaries (daytime, 500-900 E. and 100-400 S.; apartments at 766 E. 300 S.), car burglaries (nighttime), and alcohol violations and assaults (shelter area).

District 5: Central City
Increase in car burglaries/vehicle vandalism.

District 6: University of Utah, Yalecrest, Foothill/Sunnyside, Sunnyside East, Wasatch Hollow, Bonneville Hills
Car burglaries up dramatically at Hogle Zoo, Foothill Village, and between 1300-1700 S. and 1700-2100 E.

District 7: Sugar House
Stolen vehicles and home burglaries increased; note: windows closed but unsecured in some cases