Douglas County residents worry about crimes of opportunity, study says

Heather Willard
Two lines from the Douglas County Public Safety Pulse Report.Graphics from Douglas County Police.

Heather Willard / NewsBreak Denver

(Douglas Co., Colo.) According to a study issued by the Douglas County Sheriff's office, thefts, burglaries, and break-ins cause the most concern for Douglas County residents.

The study conducted between Jan. 26-Feb.13 this year, gathered insights from 1,453 Douglas County residents on how they view public safety matters.

Over three-quarters, (76%) of respondents cited thefts, burglaries and other crimes of opportunity as a major or moderate crime problem facing the area. Only 3.6% cited this to be “not a problem.”

Conversely, according to the study, robbing, mugging and pickpocketing was the lowest area of concern, with only 3.7% of respondents citing it as a major problem and almost 33% responding that it is not a problem.

In an open-ended question, the survey asked respondents to discuss the number one issue in their community that police could address. Of 1,211 responses, 416 cited thefts, burglaries and break-ins after traffic and roads (457 responses).
Details of responses to the Douglas County Pulse Report.Douglas County.

“Also consistent with the relevant closed-ended question, thefts and break-ins surfaced as a major concern for residents,” the report stated. “Respondents complained of thefts from homes and cars, and some suggested that the sheriff’s office should run an educational campaign to help residents prevent crimes of opportunity.”

The sheriff’s office tells residents that burglaries are easy to prevent; although they are one of the most common threats to a home. To help prevent burglary, the Sheriff’s Office recommends that residents:

  • Check door locks, and ensure locks are complex enough so they can’t be easily pickedSecure sliding doors and windows with a latch and an additional track-blocker, like a stick or charley bar
  • Build community relationships to help provide extra eyes on the neighborhood while away from home
  • Show signs of life while away from home by setting up light timers.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office also offers free home security walk-throughs, providing recommendations on how to increase safety in and around a home. To make an appointment, call 303-660-7544.

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