Spike in Tempe home burglaries; police to hold community forum

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

TEMPE, Ariz. – The Tempe Police Department will host a community meeting next week to discuss an increase in home burglaries in the northwest part of the city.

There has been a spike in break-ins in the area between Mill Avenue and Priest Drive and Broadway Road and University Drive.

The burglaries are mostly occurring between 1 a.m. and 6 a.m. with the suspect usually entering through unlocked doors, according to Sgt. Steve Carbajal with the Tempe Police Department.

In two incidents that occurred within the last two weeks, the suspect made contact with the victims inside the home, Carbajal said.

No one has been injured during these crimes.

Witnesses have described the suspect as a black male with a muscular build, 20 to 30 years old, 5 feet 7 inches to 6 feet tall, and 165 to 175 pounds.

Police released a composite sketch of the suspect and ask anyone with information about these crimes to call the Tempe Police Department at 480-350-8311 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS. 

Police are encouraging neighborhood residents to attend the community forum, which will be held Monday at 6 p.m. in the Los Vecinos Room at the Westside Community Center, 715 W. Fifth St., in Tempe.

Police offered the following tips residents can do to minimize their chances of being victimized:

•  Lock all doors and windows.

•  Lock any gates with access to your home or yard.

•  Leave exterior lights on.

•  Install motion activated exterior lighting.

•  Remove any foliage or items that may hide your doors or windows from view.

•  Photograph and write down serial numbers of electronics.

•  Inventory and catalog any other items of value.