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Residential burglaries down, garages now popular targets

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Vanessa Paurus' garage was burglarized less than a month after she moved into the Nevada/Ledgerwood neighborhood Vanessa Paurus' garage was burglarized less than a month after she moved into the Nevada/Ledgerwood neighborhood

SPOKANE, Wash - A month after reporting an increase in residential burglaries, Spokane Police say those numbers are now declining, though it's not all good news as the number of garage burglaries is on the rise.

The increase in residential burglaries police saw in August was the largest since 2005. On average, police respond to 130 such calls per month, much lower than the 180 reported in August.

Now, with residential burglaries on the decline, police are investigating a rising number of garage burglaries.

The neighborhood targeted now - Nevada/Lidgerwood - is one where police saw the spike in residential burglaries.

Vanessa Paurus, a victim of one of the garage break-ins, says when she moved into her apartment, she made sure to get a garage instead of a carport.

Paurus hadn't even lived in the Cedar Springs Estates one month before she had her unwelcoming experience.

"My garage door was unlocked, my bike was gone and my car was rummaged through," said Paurus, "it's upsetting."

Police say the Cedar Springs Estates has been the hardest hit in the area with 15 burglaries reported in one night, though the problem is not limited to that complex.

According the Spokane Crime Map, which tracks various crimes throughout the city, 44 garage burglaries were reported in the first seven months of 2009 within a half-mile radius of the Cedar Springs Estates complex.

Of the 104 total burglaries tracked in that area since August 2008, 81 were garage burglaries. The rest were residential or commercial.

Spokane Police are adding extra patrols in the Nevada/Lidgerwood neighborhood and are also asking for your help. If you have any information on the recent string of garage burglaries, you're asked to call Crime Check at 456-2233.

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