‘Tis thieving season, police say – think smart, lock up house and cars

LOGAN — With burglaries in the valley up from past years — Thanksgiving week alone saw nine residential and six vehicle burglaries — police are warning residents, especially those who will be leaving the area for the holidays, to lock up.”It’s absolutely an at-risk time of season,” said Lt. Brad Franke of Logan Police. “People are spending money on things, they’re out buying new equipment, new presents — they’re putting Christmas presents under the tree, they’re preparing to — you know, all the gifts they’re going to give to their family and friends. Then they are traveling a lot.”This is over the holiday weekend and people are gone for a couple of days and someone has taken advantage of that and known that especially around the college that during the holidays is a time for people to be gone.Franke said most reports show no sign of forced entry. In some cases doors are found open when residents return home from a trip out of town. However, usually burglars let themselves in through an unlocked door, help themselves to valuables and then leave no sign of being there other than missing property.Most of last week’s residential burglaries happened near Utah State University. Electronics, “high-dollar clothing” and undisclosed amounts of cash were the typical things reported missing, Franke said.

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