Burglary numbers in Columbia highest since 2009
COLUMBIA - There were 839 reported burglaries in Columbia during the 2015 calendar year, according to numbers the Columbia Police Department released Monday.
This is the highest number the city has seen since 2009.
Ronald Williams lives at Log Hill Run and said someone broke into his home last August.
"It was about four o'clock in the morning," Williams said. "They went through all the rooms and they opened my door. I had woken up, so I shined my light over thinking it was one of my roommates and then they just left. I didn't think anything of it so I just went back to sleep."
Williams said the next morning his roommates noticed things were missing from the house.
"They said they were calling the cops," Williams said. "I came home early from work and found out that my PS4 had been stolen, about 20 games, three controllers, one of my roommate's phones that was next to his head had been stolen, his computer, another roommate's computer and two car radios."
Williams said a detective took fingerprints after the burglary, and said the person could have come in through an unlocked backdoor.
"It's kind of a little frightening knowing that something like that can happen," Williams said.
Jennifer Mink lives at The Domain and said her roommate had a similar experience with a burglar in 2013.
"A man was standing in her doorway just kind of watching her, and when he noticed that she she had seen him he ran out," Mink said.
Mink said they reported the incident to CPD.
"It's definitely scary," Mink said. "We definitely take more precaution with locking the doors and locking our bedroom doors."
Although the numbers for burglaries was unusually high for all of last year, the number of burglaries for the 2015-2016 winter break hit a new low.
CPD reported 63 burglaries from December 18, 2015 through January 19, 2016.
Below is the whole report CPD released Monday.
Winter Break burglaries - 2009 through 2015
Winter Break December 18, 2009 through January 19, 2010 – 70 Burglaries
Winter Break December 17, 2010 through January 18, 2011 – 73 Burglaries
Winter Break December 17, 2011 through January 16, 2012 – 74 Burglaries
Winter Break December 15, 2012 through January 21, 2013 – 66 Burglaries (59 Residential, 6 Commercial and 1 other)
Winter Break December 14, 2013 through January 20, 2014 – 96 Burglaries (75 Residential, 15, Commercial and 6 other)
Winter Break December 19, 2014 through January 20, 2015 – 105 Burglaries (74 Residential, 30 Commercial, and 1 other)
Winter Break December 18, 2015 through January 19, 2016 – 63 Burglaries (49 Residential, 10 Commercial, and 4 other)
Columbia Burglary numbers for the whole year - 2009-2015
The burglary UCR for Columbia in 2009 for the whole year was 692
The burglary UCR for Columbia in 2010 for the whole year was 552
The burglary UCR for Columbia in 2011 for the whole year was 798
The burglary UCR for Columbia in 2012 for the whole year was 784
The burglary UCR for Columbia in 2013 for the whole year was 703
The burglary UCR for Columbia in 2014 for the whole year was 750
The burglary UCR for Columbia in 2015 for the whole year was 839
CPD said the 2015-2016 winter break burglaries are not concentrated to a certain area of town.