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Burglaries and Thefts Increasing in Western Kentucky

Date of News Release: 04/14/2011

(Western, KY) -- Kentucky State Police in Mayfield are asking residents of western Kentucky to keep their homes and property secure due to an increase in residential burglaries and thefts in the post area. Since the first of April, Kentucky State Police have received reports of 19 burglaries or thefts in the counties of Calloway, Graves, Lyon, and Trigg. Fourteen of the reports have come from Calloway and Graves counties alone. Of the nineteen reports, only two residents reported forced entry. The other 17 reports indicated that the suspects entered residences through unlocked doors or windows. Many of the burglaries and thefts occurred during daylight hours.

This alarming trend serves as a reminder to all residents to secure their homes by utilizing door and window locks when available. It is also recommended to install security lighting around residential property to deter any unwanted persons from approaching a residence at night. Any vehicles which are left unoccupied on property should be locked with valuables removed.

Neighbors are encouraged to discuss these issues with each other so that residents can be on the lookout for any suspicious people or vehicles who linger in their neighborhood. Any suspicious activity should be reported to local or state law enforcement. Law enforcement officers rely heavily on tips from the public to help solve neighborhood thefts and burglaries.

Most burglars strike when the opportunity presents itself. Do not make yourself vulnerable to theft by leaving your home and personal property unsecured. Anyone with information regarding burglary or theft in their community is asked to contact their local police or the Kentucky State Police at 270-856-3721 or 1-800-222-5555.

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