Burglaries go up as Students Leave for Summer Break

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Updated: 7/29/2013 8:01 pm
        As students leave Rexburg for the summer you might think police get a bit of a breather as well...but that's not always the case...while there are fewer students to cause problems for officers... Fewer students also means additional problems for the men in blue..

When the students leave for the break they don’t always take their belongings with them, which makes these vacant apartments an easy target for criminals.

“Over the weekend, or this last week, where the university graduated a bunch of students and they had their break, we started having a rash of thefts out of apartments, around campus” said Captain Randy Lewis.

The Rexburg police department says this is something they have to deal with at the end of every semester….and it’s not an easy task to watch over all the apartment complexes that house over 12,000 students.

“A lot of our thefts really occur when the students are leaving, during that time frame things come up missing, people know the apartments are vacant or, you know, unlocked and so they take advantage” continued Lewis.

Just this weekend an individual stole a flat screen TV from the Shelbourne Apartment complex, which he supposedly lived in.

Police are saying there’s one thing every apartment complex should do to keep things like this from happening, or to at least have a fighting chance to get stolen items back.

“One of the main issues that we deal with and we don’t get that much cooperation is, video surveillance, these apartment owners, it’s almost a necessity to get some cameras up there 24 hour coverage” said Lewis.

The police department also encourages apartment complex managers to change the locks or codes to the apartment after every semester.

The Rexburg Police Department says they usually get a few phone calls of burglaries every couple of months as the semesters start back up.
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