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Fairfield, CA Police Department
Thursday June 8th, 2017 :: 05:35 p.m. PDT
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Keep an Eye on Your Neighborhood...Burglaries are up along Freeway Corridor

Over the course of the last few months the Fairfield Police Department, along with neighboring Police Departments have noticed an increase in the frequency of daytime residential burglaries along the I-680/I-80 corridors. Easy access to the freeway was likely a factor used by the suspects to pick their targets. In response, Fairfield Investigators conducted several operations aimed at suppressing the burglaries, and this investigation is on-going. 

We urge all Fairfield residents to be aware of what is happening in your neighborhoods, and to report suspicious activities when you see them. Catching criminals like these is frequently accomplished by observant neighbors looking out for one another and reporting someone "casing" or engaging in other suspicious activity. 

"Casing" is when someone is watching or examining a location or a person and looking for an opportunity to commit a crime. For a home burglary they might drive past several times to get different vantage points for making unseen entry to the backyard, look for bushes that might hide their approach, or look for landscape rocks that they may use to break a window to gain entry to the home. 

What should you look for?

  • Be especially observant of people and vehicles unfamiliar to your neighborhood who are randomly wandering and seemingly going nowhere, or repeatedly driving past your home. 
  • Watch for people that park on a street and then walk around the corner to some unseen location. (Does any legitimate visitor do that?)
  • Watch for people who park their car on the side of a house on a corner lot. It's less visible to the resident because it's not in front of the home, and neighbors notice it less because it's not in front of theirs. 
  • Watch for people who are looking all around while they are walking or driving on your street. They are often looking to see if anyone is paying attention to them. (Do legitimate pedestrians or drivers do that?)
  • Watch for people who drive up or walk up to a home and knock on the front door. Burglars often do this to test whether someone is home. 
  • Watch for someone walking into your neighbor's back yard by going though the gate, or jumping over a fence. 
  • Watch for someone loitering who is unfamiliar to the neighborhood. Burglars often use look-outs who hang out nearby and communicate by cell phone to alert their partners of witnesses or approaching Police Officers. 

Finally, join and be very active in a Neighborhood Watch Program. To find out if a Neighborhood Watch Program is active in your neighborhood, or to start a new one, please contact Fairfield Police Crime Prevention Specialist, Jeremy Profitt at (707) 428-7642, or email him at jprofitt@fairfield.ca.gov.

Address/Location
Fairfield, CA Police Department
1000 Webster St
Fairfield, CA 94533

Contact
Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 707-428-7300

Sgt. Jeff Osgood
PIO
josgood@fairfield.ca.gov
707-428-7444

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