Burglaries in Berkeley on the Rise: Police

An increased number of residential burglaries has Berkeley police advising the public to lock up and report suspicious activity.

There's been a significant increase in the number of residential burglaries reported when compared against the same time frame last year, police said in a statement issued Wednesday.

The most noticeable pattern of burglaries are occurring east of Ohlone Park, south of University of California at Berkeley, and in the Elmwood neighborhood, according to police.

Police say they're monitoring this trend, providing extra patrols and conducting special operations to apprehend the burglars. In the meantime, they suggest taking precautionary measures like putting mail and newspaper deliveries put on hold when you leave town.

According to police, most burglaries occur when the burglar gains access to a home through an unlocked door or window. They're advising the public to lock up, and make sure to activate any alarm or surveillance systems.

Police are also telling Berkeley residents to promptly report suspicious because they need more leads to close this case. The Berkeley Police can be reached at (510) 981-5900.

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