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North Idaho sheriff's deputies seeing increase in burglaries

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NORTH IDAHO -  More than 100 burglaries have been reported in Bonner County from June to September. Deputies with the Bonner County Sheriff's Office say they see roughly 11 per month, an above average number, but spikes are common this time of the year.

"We see it in the spring and the fall. People are gone on vacation and what not, they get back, start looking around,"  says Sgt. Gary Johnston with the Bonner County Sheriffs Office.


"They'll go close up their cabin for the winter, there's usually ups and downs, highs and lows. It's not uncommon."

Sgt. Johnston says these crimes aren't locked to just residential areas. They occur all over Bonner County.

Some of the most commonly stolen items include chainsaws, jewelry and guns. Sheriff's deputies in Kootenai County say they've had recent trouble with gun thefts.


They tell KHQ that in the month of September, there have been six residential burglaries where thieves stole guns.

Sgt. Johnston says Bonner County sees gun thefts in at least one of every three or four reported burglaries.

"Most people have more than one. So if [their gun's] insecure when they come into your house and you have two or three sitting out, they're going to take all three," says Sgt. Johnston.

Deputies with both Bonner and Kootenai County say some of the best ways to protect yourself against burglars include locking and securing your home when you're away, as well as neighborhood watch programs.

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