Newcastle police seek information on burglaries

September 13, 2011

By Staff

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NEW —5:40 p.m., Sept. 13, 2011

After three burglaries in the Hazelwood neighborhood in the last two weeks, and another resident reporting an attempted burglary, the Newcastle Police are reaching out to residents for information assisting in their investigations of the crimes.

According to a news release from Police Chief Melinda Irvine, there are multiple burglary groups breaking into homes on the Eastside, including in Newcastle and surrounding jurisdictions.

The entry or attempted entry in these instances was often made to a back window by cutting or prying screens open, according to the release.

Give information that may assist in the investigations by calling the Newcastle Police at (425) 649-4444, ext. 120. Submit anonymous tips through the city website at http://www.ci.newcastle.wa.us/police/anonymous_tip.htm.

The police department encourages residents to lock all doors, windows and garages even when residents are home, place rods in sliding windows to prevent entry, keep the perimeter of a house well lit and shrubs trimmed back around windows and doors and use timers on lights and radios to make a home appear occupied when owners are away.

Residents should also have mail held or have a trusted person pick it up when residents are away, use an alarm system and use the Newcastle Police Vacation House Check program.

Forms for the program may be submitted through the city website www.ci.newcastle.wa.us, or at City Hall.

The forms are available outside City Hall 24 hours a day, seven days a week with a night drop box to submit them.

The department encourages Newcastle residents to work with neighbors to prevent crimes in the area. Get more information on a Block Watch program by emailing Officer Ryan Olmsted at Ryan.Olmsted@kingcounty.gov.

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