DENVER - Authorities in Highlands Ranch have issued a crime alert after a series of daytime residential burglaries.
The Douglas County Sheriff's Office said most of the burglaries involve criminals entering through a back sliding glass door, a back door or a back window. In some cases, the doors and windows are left unlocked.
The intruders are looking for anything of value to steal, which is typically left in plain view, said deputies.
The Sheriff's Office is emphasizing to area residents that calling in suspicious activity is the key to helping investigators catch the criminals committing these types of crimes.
Deputies said in a previous case, a neighbor contacted authorities about suspicious occupants in a vehicle. That report resulted in stopping suspects who were getting ready to burglarize several homes.
However, residents were urged not to attempt to apprehend the suspects themselves.
Deputies have released a few tips to help deter these types of crimes:
- Lock all doors and windows during the day and night.
- Do not leave any valuables in plain sight inside your home. Put away and/or hide your valuables.
- Remove all garage door openers from any vehicles parked in your driveway or on the street.
- Check and make sure your garage door is closed before you go to bed at night.
- The door from your garage to your home should always be closed and locked. Treat the entrance door from the garage to your house the same as an exterior entrance.
Anyone who spots suspicious activity and/or suspicious vehicles is urged to call the Sheriff's Office at 303-660-7500, or in an emergency call 911.
If you have information about the crimes, you are asked to contact the Sheriff's Office Patterns Crime Unit tip line at 303-660-7590.