Dublin Villager

Recent spike in thefts and burglaries reported in Dublin


Dublin Division of Police officials last week warned residents to be vigilant because the number of burglaries and thefts from vehicles has increased.

After seeing a decrease in thefts for most of the year, Dublin Police said last week that they had seen a spike in the crime after 23 burglaries or instances of breaking and entering were reported from June to July 22.

Police also received 28 reports of thefts from vehicles within the same time period, a news release from Dublin said.

"If you see something and think that it just doesn't look right, take a minute and let us know," Dublin Police Chief Heinz von Eckartsberg said in the release.

"The call you make may help prevent a crime."

The burglaries do share some common factors.

Most were reported very early in the morning around 5 and 6 a.m., in the afternoon between 3 and 5 p.m. and also between 5 and 6 p.m.

Most burglaries also occurred around construction sites.

Thefts from vehicles most commonly occurred from noon to 3 p.m. and 5 to 6 p.m.

Purses, wallets, tools and other valuables left in plain sight were commonly stolen from vehicles, the release said.

Windows were broken to gain access to the items.

To avoid burglaries at home, Dublin Police ask residents to lock all windows and doors, use an alarm, look out for neighbors, use good locks and lights and timers, and don't leave garage door openers in cars parked outside the home.

To avoid thefts from vehicles, residents shouldn't leave valuables in their vehicle.

They should park in a well-lighted area, roll up windows, lock doors and park near obvious surveillance cameras.

Anyone with information about the thefts or who has seen suspicious activity around the city, can contact Dublin Police at 614-889-1112.