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Spring: Time for love, and burglaries, Salt Lake City police warn

Published May 9, 2013 11:19 am

Crime • Homeowners are urged to secure property and report suspicious activity.
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Spring not only is the time when love is in the air. Salt Lake City police warn it is also prime time for burglars.

Salt Lake City police Detective Dennis McGowan said Thursday that with the return of warm weather, his officers have noticed a spike in reported break-ins.

Seeking to clamp down on burglars and educate property owners about home- and business-security measures, detectives from the Community Intelligence Unit (CIU) this week targeted the area of 600 North to 1340 North and 1000 West to the Jordan River Parkway.

"While two arrests were made, the more important aspect of the effort was educating the public about ways to secure their property, spot suspicious activity and work with police to reduce crime in their neighborhoods," McGowan said.

Patrol officers and CIU detectives reported seeing numerous garages left open and unattended and bicycles and lawn tools left out in the open and unsecured.

McGowan suggests residents consider these measures:

"If you see something suspicious, say something," the chief said, noting that confidential tips can be made via the TipSoft online portal or mobile application. Anonymous tips may be sent by texting TIPSLCPD plus information to 274637.

To install the free app for iPhone or Droid, search for "TipSoft" or "TipSubmit" on the Apple App Store or Android Market.

Make a home security checklist: Review your property for vulnerabilities criminals may exploit.

remims@sltrib.com

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