According to FBI statistics more than 2 million homes across the United States are burglarized each year. Victims of burglaries reported an estimated $4.8 billion in lost property in 2011 with the average loss per homeowner being $2,185. Favorite items for criminals to steal are cash, jewelry, guns, watches and electronic devices.
While burglary, by definition, is a crime where there is no direct confrontation by a criminal, almost everyone who has had a home burglarized knows that it can leave a family feeling violated, vulnerable and angry.
Fortunately, there are a number of steps that homeowners can do to lessen their risk of becoming a victim of burglary. Taking the time to “harden” your home against intrusion, can decrease the odds of being burglarized. Criminals want to be successful in committing their crime and many will bypass your home if it requires too much skill or time to break into. For further information, see Bothell Police Department’s "Top Ten + 1 Burglary Prevention Tips".
The Bothell Police Department takes the investigation of burglary cases very seriously. Over the last year the Bothell Police Department has arrested a number of burglary suspects and has, on many occasions, recovered stolen items. We want to be able to identify and return property to the rightful owner but need your help. A few simple things that you can do that will increase the likelihood of getting your property back should your home be burglarized include taking the time to engrave your driver’s license number on your larger, valuable possessions, taking a video or photographs of your belongings, particularly your jewelry and other small valuables, and keeping the receipts from your larger purchases. Of course, keep that information in a safe location such as a safety security box.
Taking these practical steps will also help you with insurance claims in case of fire or flooding.
The Bothell Police Department believes the security of you and your family is the top priority. Should you find yourself the victim of a burglary or some other crime, call 911. We are there to serve you.
Chief of Police