Western Kentucky residents warned of burglaries, thefts
Posted: Thursday, April 14, 2011 9:35 pm
The Kentucky State Police post in Mayfield, Ky., is asking residents of western Kentucky to keep their homes and property secure due to an increase in residential burglaries and thefts in the post area.
Since April 1, the KSP has received reports of 19 burglaries or thefts in Calloway, Graves, Lyon and Trigg counties, with 14 of the reports from Calloway and Graves counties alone.
Of the 19 reports, only two residents reported forced entry. The other 17 reports indicated the suspects entered residences through unlocked doors or windows. Many of the burglaries and thefts occurred during daylight hours.
The KSP said this alarming trend serves as a reminder to all residents to secure their homes by utilizing door and window locks when available. It is also recommended to install security lighting around residential property to deter any unwanted people from approaching a residence at night. Any vehicles which are left unoccupied on property should be locked with valuables removed.
Neighbors are encouraged to discuss these issues with each other so residents can be on the lookout for any suspicious people or vehicles that linger in their neighborhood, according to the KSP. Any suspicious activity should be reported to local or state law enforcement. Law enforcement officers rely heavily on tips from the public to help solve neighborhood thefts and burglaries.
“Most burglars strike when the opportunity presents itself. Do not make yourself vulnerable to theft by leaving your home and personal property unsecured,” said KSP Trooper Dean Patterson, public affairs officer for Post 1 in Mayfield.
The KSP’s Post 1 also includes Fulton County.
Published in The Messenger 4.14.11