Rash of burglaries reported in Southwest

Three Southwest neighborhoods were hit with a string of garage burglaries in late January.

Between Jan. 20 and Feb. 1, 10 home garages in Lyndale, CARAG and East Calhoun were burglarized, said Crime Prevention Specialist Tom Thompson in a crime alert e-mail to area residents. The burglaries were reported between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m.

"That doesn’t mean these are occurring in the evening, only that they are being reported in the evening," Thompson said. "These are probably happening mostly during the day."

In most cases, the burglar used force to pry open the garage door. Burglars then searched through cars parked inside.

To prevent crime, Thompson instructed residents to be alert, inform others of the burglary trend, lock doors and not carry excessive items. Thompson also asked people to call 911 if anything out of the ordinary is seen.

"You are your and your neighbors’ best defense," he said.