LIHUE, KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Police are warning the public about a rise in burglaries being reported islandwide, and urge citizens to be vigilant in preventing property crime and helping to locate suspects.
"With information and tips from the community, officers made several theft-related arrests in November and December, following a previous spike in burglary reports," stated Assistant Chief of the Investigative Services Bureau (ISB) Michael Contrades. "Unfortunately, burglaries and thefts are still occurring islandwide, and we're asking the community to be vigilant. Reporting suspicious activity will help us in our goal to identify perpetrators and hold them responsible for their crimes."
Police are urging residents to be on alert to recognize suspicious activity and also reduce their chances of becoming a victim.
KPD offers these crime prevention tips:
- Keep doors and entryways locked at all times, even when you're home.
- Trim shrubs and hedges around your property so burglars don't have a place to hide.
- Install motion detection lighting around dark exterior areas, walkways, and doorways.
- 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, call police immediately to report a crime or suspicious activity.
“Community involvement is a crucial element to solving and preventing property crimes,” added Assistant Chief Contrades. “By working together to hold criminals responsible, we can work to reverse these rising trends in home and car break-ins.”
Anyone with information on a recent theft is urged to call police immediately at 241-1711.