Friday, June 20, 2014

From the Durham PD regarding increase in burglaries

This is a forward from the PAC3 listserv:

My goal has always been to remain transparent regarding crime in our district while providing useful information to reduce the opportunities for criminals.  I am sharing a trend regarding burglaries which was beginning to decline and increasing again.

Since the beginning of the year, we have tracked an increase of juvenile participation in these crimes.  In January of 2014, juveniles totaled fourteen percent of the arrests for burglaries.  During the month of May of 2014, that percentage increased to forty percent.  And so far this month, we have arrested eleven individuals for burglaries and seven are juveniles.  In some crimes, the juveniles are accompanied by an adult.  Some of these offenders have transitioned to repeat offenders and becoming more brazen.  Investigators have obtained juvenile petitions for these individuals and after consulting with a court counselor with Juvenile Justice Center, they are usually released to their parents and provided a court date.  A juvenile petition is equivalent to a warrant for an adult.

I cannot emphasize enough the importance of your phone calls.  Please continue to call 911 for suspicious individuals and activities.  Call for solicitors who do not have a license issued by the City of Durham.  Criminals are not subscribing to the stereotype of yesterday.  They are dressed nice and seem very pleasant.  They will scour communities during the day looking for easy residential targets.  Walking up and ringing your doorbell to determine if someone is home then if someone answers the door pretending to sale you something while looking past you into your home.  The alternative is walking up and ringing your doorbell, then when no one responds, walk to the rear of the residence and kick in the back door.  Your calls allowed us to reduce these crimes before and will do it again.  Before posting a suspicious person or activity on your neighborhood list serve, call 911.  This reduces the chances of the persons leaving the community
before officers arrive.

We are seeing more burglaries during the day verses evening hours.  Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays are the most common days for criminals to break into residences.  We have and continue to conduct operations which allowed us to gather more information about the criminals and make arrests but we need your help.  We need your calls.

I know working together we can bring these crimes down.   If you have not established a community watch or want a free home security survey, please contact Master Officer J. Fair at 919-560-4404, extension 29417 or email him at  We look forward to working with you.

Together, we are making Durham a safer community!

Captain David W. Addison
Commander, District Three
Durham Police Department
8 Consultant Place
Durham, NC 27707
919-560-4583 ext. 29352 desk
919-937-8844 cell
919-560-4827 fax

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