55 reports of burglary in four months in north end of Kitsap County
April 23, 2012 · 6:56 AM
POULSBO – The Kitsap County Sheriff’s Department responded to 55 reports of burglary in the north end of the county from Jan. 1 to April 19.
Residents of the neighborhoods of Pugh Road, Stottlemeyer Road and Rova Road expressed concern about burglaries in the area. According to Sheriff’s Department spokesman Scott Wilson, a residential burglary was reported Jan. 30 on the 21700 block Pugh Road NE; a residential burglary was reported April 5 on the 3600 block of Rova Road NE; and a burglary of a non-residence was reported April 9 on the 24200 block of Stottlemeyer Road NE.
Wilson described burglaries this way: A first-degree burglary is when the suspect enters the dwelling with the intent to commit a crime and is armed or becomes armed. Residential burglary is when a suspect breaks into a dwelling with the intent to commit a crime. Second-degree burglary is when a when a suspect breaks into a non-residence.
In the area north of Gunderson Road, there were 26 residential burglary reports and 11 second-degree burglary reports from Jan. 1 to April 19, Wilson said.
In the area south of Gunderson Road to State Route 308, excluding the city of Poulsbo, there were 11 residential burglary reports and seven second-degree burglary reports during that time period, Wilson said.
Wilson said the number of burglaries appears to be “average.” He gives this advice.
“The best way to prevent burglary is to be proactive in securing your house,” Wilson said. “If you make it hard for a burglar to get into your residence, they’ll go somewhere else.”
Most burglars get in through an unlocked door, Wilson said. Don’t leave your door unlocked because you’ve lived in the same place for a long time and have never had a problem. “That’s a false sense of security. Unfortunately, we live in a day and age when crime is rising,” Wilson said.
“An alarm system helps,” Wilson said. Keep bushes trimmed. To avoid vehicle burglaries, park your vehicle in your garage and lock your garage.
If you’re going to be away from home, install lights that operate on timers and make sure someone knows you’re going to be gone and collects your newspaper and mail, or order a temporary hold on both.
Make sure your valuables are secure too. Engrave an identifying number on the back of your valuables, take photographs of them, write down the make, model and serial number.