“It’s frustrating to stop a car that you know is filled with stolen goods and let them go because you have no evidence of a positive match,” he said.
Pawn shop owners keep photos of their inventory and thumbprints of the people who pawn them. Through the Northwest Regional Automated Property Information Database, police can match a photo of a reported stolen item to one that shows up at a pawn shop. If more people took photos of their valuables and used this system to identify the thief, then it might curb property crime.
“If you can’t sell it, you don’t steal it,” King said.
With budget cuts and lowered staffing levels, police are diverted to other, higher priority cases, making property crimes tougher to investigate in a timely manner, King said.
The Drug Task Force focuses on targeting upper-level suppliers and affecting the supply. Officers, however, talk with drug users every day about their addiction and try to steer them toward treatment options.
Lock all doors and windows at night and before leaving your home.
Leave your outside lights or porch lights on at night.
Photograph all of your valuables and keep track of serial numbers.
Don't leave valuables in plain sight.
Consider who has access to your house. Are any of them using drugs?
If you answer the door and the person seems suspicious, take note of what they look like. Get a good look at their car and write down the license plate number if you can.
If you see someone at a neighbor's house that you don't recognize and your neighbor isn't home, call 911. Police often catch burglars while they're still in the house or just as they're leaving.