Bothell Police is investigating four daytime residential burglaries and one attempted break-in in the Canyon Park and Queensborough neighborhoods since September 30.
Officers are conducting extra patrols, but remind residents that the best way to prevent home burglaries is to secure windows and lock doors.
“There was forced entry in only one of these recent cases” said Sergeant Brett Bernard. “In the rest, they got in through unsecured windows and unlocked doors.”
Bothell Police is reviewing available security camera footage. If you have any information, please call the Bothell Police non-emergency number: 425.486.1254.
Preventing Home Burglaries- What Can You Do?
- Lock your doors. Consider installing deadbolts as secondary locks on all doors. Ensure you have 2 ½ - 3 inch screws in the door frame strike plate to reinforce deadbolt security.
- Secure your windows and sliding glass doors with secondary locks or dowels that fit securely in windows. Dowels can be made of wood, pvc pipe or metal.
- Trim all landscaping below windows to avoid concealment areas.
- Don’t let mail or newspapers pile up. It’s a telltale sign that you’re away. Arrange for a neighbor or friend to collect these items in your absence.
- Get to know your neighbors. You are more apt to look out for each others’ homes and property if you know each other.
- Consider security cameras. There are many new self-monitored camera systems available. Ask neighbors for recommendations and read articles like this, featuring independent reviews.
- Make sure your address is visible from the street, so emergency responders can find your home quickly.
“If you see something, say something. If you see suspicious activity, give us a call, right away,” said Sergeant Elmer Brown.
Bothell residents can call 911 in emergencies. In non-emergencies, call 425.485.1254