BARTLESVILLE, Okla. - Due to an increase in home burglaries, Bartlesville police are encouraging area residents ensure their homes and possessions are secure.
According to Bartlesville Police Captain Jay Hastings, the police department in the last three months has seen an increase in residential burglaries. The average of five to six burglaries per month in some areas starting in May has increased to nine or ten reported burglaries each month — specifically in the Oak Park community of Bartlesville.
Hastings said the burglars, striking during the daytime hours while residents are not home, have been taking such items as jewelry, lap top computers, coins and firearms. They usually will be in and out of the home within five minutes.
The Bartlesville Police Department recommends in order to avoid becoming a victim of burglary, residents should:
Police urge residents that if they think their home has been burglarized, they should contact police immediately and should not enter the home.
Additionally, they ask that anyone bearing any information concerning these crimes as well as others to contact the Bartlesville Police Department Detective Division at 918-338-4015 or 918-336-2583(CLUE).
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