Burglary Crimes Prevelant in Terre Haute

Published 08/19 2014 05:43PM

Updated 08/19 2014 08:10PM

As of today there have been more than 400 burglaries in the city of Terre Haute in 2014, and more than 40 just this month.

Angie Adams returned to her home on Barbour Avenue to find it broken into, items stolen and a mess to clean up. The investigation by the Terre Haute Police Department is still ongoing.

THPD Property Crime Detective Jonathan Vandevender said because Adams walked into the burglary and items were left behind by the thieves, investigators can  gather fingerprints. That's not always the case.

Vandevender said, "Every time we turn around there's another break-in, there's another burglary, and I believe it's the same group of people in this neighborhood or same group of people in that neighborhood."

Vandevender says Nineteenth Street and Hulman Street is a big area for burglary right now and so is the area around Twentieth Street and Oak Street.

Year-to-date there have been 421 burglary crimes in Terre Haute.

Vandevender said, "But the good news is last year we had 494 so we're like down 73 from where we were last year."

Detective Vandevender calls it a heinous crime because if thieves want to rob your house, they're going to. He recommends insuring your home.

Jamie Bell said, "It's always a good idea whenever you have items in your home of value that you make a home inventory which would include ya know, a list of the items, their value, serial numbers are good for guns, electronic devices, appraisals are good for jewelry items."

There are certainly ways to best protect yourself from burglary, but the precautions may not be enough in every case.

Vandevender said, "It takes them less than 30 seconds to gain entry into the house and when we're out in our squad cars or even unmarked cars, they know who the unmarked cars are. They see us long before we see them."

Vandevender said there doesn't seem to be a pattern between the burglaries under investigation right now. He says these cases move slowly and unfortunately do take a back seat to more violent crimes. Currently THPD has six officers to investigate all the property crime cases.

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