Columbia police map out Thanksgiving burglaries

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COLUMBIA -The Columbia Police Department said Thursday 23 burglaries occurred over the Thanksgiving holiday. 

CPD compiled the number of burglaries from Nov. 20 through Dec. 1.

Public Information Officer Latisha Stroer said CPD started noticing an increase in burglaries during the holidays when local schools and the university go on breaks. 

Of the 23 burglaries that occurred this past break, 17 burglaries were residential, five were commercial burglaries and one fell into the "other" category, which constitutes a burglary in a shed or unattached garage.

Stroer said a majority of them might have been preventable. 

"14 of the 17 residential burglaries no force was used to get in. That meant someone left their door unlocked, the locking mechanism did not work, or the window was left unlocked," Stroer said. 

In addition to making sure doors are locked, she said security alarms and dogs are great deterrents. 

"You can also put your lights on timers, radios on timers, TV's on timers. So when you're gone for a long time, there is still noise happening inside the house," Stroer said

She also said it's a good idea to stop newspaper and mail delivery while gone. 

Below is a breakdown of the burglary reports from past years:

  • 2014: 34 total burglaries (28 residential, 6- commercial)
  • 2013: 17 total burglaries (15 residential, 2 commercial)
  • 2012: 24 total burglaries (all residential)
  • 2011: 40 total burglaries (36 residential, 3 commercial, 1 other