LIHUE, KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Police are warning the public about a rise in burglaries from Kilauea to Hanalei, and are urging residents and businesses to be vigilant in preventing property crime and helping to locate suspects.
"Detectives are investigating a number of home, vacation rental, and car break-ins that have occurred in the North Shore community in recent weeks," stated Police Chief Darryl Perry. "We are asking the public for help in identifying the person or persons who may be responsible. Also, we encourage everyone to implement basic practices to help secure your property."
The most recent theft occurred Saturday night at the Villas of Kamalii in Princeville. According to police, one of the villas was entered through a screen door, when the occupant was home but in another room, and a wallet and computer were taken.
"The most effective way to avoid being a victim of property crime is to lock and secure doors and entryway at all times, even when you are home," added Chief Perry.
Police also offer the following crime prevention tips:
- · Place physical obstructions, such as wood dowels, in sliding windows and door tracks to better secure them.
- · Never hide your house key outside.
- · Trim shrubs and hedges around your home so burglars don't have a place to hide.
- · Install motion detection lighting around dark exterior areas, walkways, and doorways.
- · Never leave your keys in the car or hide a spare outside of the car.
- · Never leave valuables in the vehicle, including the trunk.
- · If you can afford it, install a security system.
- · Be aware of anyone who might be “casing” your property for a future break-in.
Finally, KPD encourages communities to form alliances to keep an eye out for each other. By participating in an organized Neighborhood Watch Program, communities can work directly with the police department to determine and deter crime trends in their neighborhoods in a manner that is both safe and effective.
"We have been working with various neighborhood watch and community associations on these cases, and the partnership has been extremely helpful in sharing information in an effort to solve these crimes," state Chief Perry.
Anyone with information on a recent theft is urged to call police immediately at 241-1711. Tipsters wishing to remain anonymous can call CrimeStoppers, 241-1887.
For more information on a Neighborhood Watch Program in your area, contact Community Relations Sgt. Rod Green at 241-1669.