Pasco police report slight uptick in daytime home burglaries
PASCO, Wash. -- Pasco police say they've seen an uptick in burglaries over the past few weeks.
Police say it's a common misconception- thinking burglaries only happen at night.
"People think that, but we get more burglaries during the daytime because more people are at work during the daytime," said Sgt. Brad Gregory of the Pasco Police Department.
In just the last week, Pasco says they responded to four daytime burglaries.
Some were when the homeowners were gone, and some when they were home.
"We had a one not too far from here where a guy was sitting at home and all of a sudden a guy walks into his house," said Gregory.
That burglary was just a few doors down from where Erika Sanchez lives.
"That does frighten me. I've been here for a little almost two years and there’s crimes everywhere in our neighborhoods," said Erika Sanchez, a concerned Pasco resident.
She’s shocked to learned burglars targeted a home during the day.
That's why she has a few tricks to keep her home safe.
"Keep the TV or the radio on. Pretend that someone’s home. Get a dog if you don't have one," added Sanchez.
Police said to always lock your door, whether home or away and look out for one another.
“If you're going to work, I mean there are people in the neighborhood who are home, so it's a good time to get to know your neighbor," added Gregory.
Officials add it's a good idea to get an alarm system and even a camera.
“We did find over the years, when somebody broke into a house, other neighbors had security cameras for some reason or another and we've been able to get video of the bad guys," added Gregory.
But for the most part, police said to just to be responsible and don't assume crimes won't happen to you.
“It's a different world, I mean we have a lot more people that take things that don't belong to them so if you leave your house unlocked, you're giving them an opportunity," said Gregory.
Police also said if you see anything suspicious, report it immediately.