Davis police announced that they are deploying additional resources in an effort to stem a rash of residential burglaries.
Since Jan. 1, 31 burglaries and eight attempted burglaries have been reported in the city. That compares with 24 burglaries for the same period last years, said Lt. Paul Doroshov.
The burglaries have occurred citywide, though several have been concentrated in northeast Davis, he said. On the two occasions when someone was home when a break-in or attempted break-in occurred, the residents reported that they had heard the doorbell ring but didn't answer the door.
The burglars have targeted small items, including jewelry and electronic devices, Doroshov said.
One person, an adult from Winters, was arrested, but the break-ins continued, leading to police to believe that the a group of people may be responsible for the burglaries.
Doroshov said both patrol officers and detective units will be focusing on neighborhoods, and residents are urged to be on the lookout for suspicious activity.
He encouraged residents to establish formal or informal Neighborhood Watch groups. Formally establishing a group through the Police Department allows block captains to develop a working relationship with police officers, but any effort by neighbors to watch out for each other can help prevent burglaries, Doroshov said.
Anyone who observes suspicious activity in a neighborhood is advised to call 911 or police dispatch, (530) 758-3600.