Phoenix police share tips on avoiding break-ins, theft this summer

May 31, 2019, 4:35 AM

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PHOENIX — Nearly 5,700 break-ins have been reported in Phoenix so far this year.

According to Community Crime Map, the Arizona zip code 85041 in south Phoenix has had the most break-ins so far this year with 307.

The 85033 zip code in Maryvale ranks second for break-ins with 246, and the area just off the I-17 between Glendale and Indian School ranks third.

Phoenix Police Detective Luis Samudio shared some safety tips with KTAR News 92.3 FM to avoid falling victim to this crime.

“I think a lot of the best steps is making sure that you keep your home looking like it’s occupied,” Samudio said.

“A lot of times burglaries happen when you’re garage door is left open. So it’s always a good idea to keep it closed and locked.”

Police also recommended getting involved in neighborhood block watch programs, especially when leaving town for an extended period of time, and keeping lawns tidy.

“Don’t allow daily deliveries, mail, newspapers, or any type of information left at the front door that would make the house appear no one is paying attention to it,” Samudio added.

Samudio said people should keep high-value objects like grills, lawnmowers and bicycles out of sight in locked sheds or other areas.

He said burglars look for targets that they think they can rob with little risk.

“When you have a person that is wanting to do something like, they’re looking for the vulnerable that’s going to make it easy for them to commit a theft or a burglary,” he said.

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Phoenix police share tips on avoiding break-ins, theft this summer