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Recently the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office as well the Yuma Police Department has received numerous calls concerning theft and burglaries in the area.
Over the last month sheriffs have responded to 22 vehicle and 10 residential cases of burglary.
Most of the crimes have been called “Crimes of Opportunity” because people are simply taking advantage of others negligence. Law enforcement officials encourage the public to lock and secure all their valuables, and keep doors and windows locked, even when you’re home.
You might think that because your car is parked in your driveway its safe, but local law enforcement is urging you to always lock your vehicle and don’t leave expensive belongings in plain view.
Lieutenant Darren Simmons with the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office says keeping Yuma safe from robberies is everyone’s responsibility.
“People should get to know their neighbors, kind of watch out for each other,” he says. If you see a neighbor’s garage door open, don’t hesitate to go over there and knock on their door and let them know their door is open. Just the little things like that not only make our job easier but it also saves them from being victims.”