Burglaries have increased and some neighborhoods have had the number of burglaries go up by more than 50% between 2016 and 2017. In Portland in 2016, there were 3,899 reported cases and 4,354 in 2017. But, the workload for the detectives working on the cases has grown as well. “We have seen an increase in the number of burglaries,” said Sgt. Chris Burley, a spokesperson for the police bureau. “At the same time our burglary task force, our detectives specifically assigned investigating these burglaries, has remained the same size or declined over the past few years.” Additionally, Lt. Ric Deland, a member of the police bureau’s detective division, says the number of burglary detectives has been cut in half since 2009. Now, he says, there are just six detectives working burglary cases. He says they are swamped and cannot tackle every case as it comes in.
This means that cases take longer to be solved especially if there isn’t evidence to help them prove who was behind the burglary. Although there are many things you can do to help prevent burglaries such as lighting, locking doors, having a neighborhood watch, etc., nothing will be better than having a security system. A security system will give the detectives concrete evidence that proves who broke into your home and will give you a better chance of getting the items that were stolen back.
If you don’t have a security system, we can help you. Our representatives will be able to help you choose a system that works for your needs and budget and will give you peace of mind.