My house/business was broken into. Now what happens?
After you contact KDPS an officer will be dispatched to meet you and take your report. The officer will investigate the incident, gather any available evidence, and then provide you with a case number. The officer will also give you additional instructions regarding anything you may need to do and who you need to contact. Please follow the officer's instructions. Failure to do so may result in your case being closed without further investigation.
Your case will then be forwarded to the Criminal Investigations Division for review. If there are suspects, evidence or witnesses your case will be assigned to a detective for further investigation. If there are no suspects, evidence or witnesses it is likely that your case will be closed inactive.
- There was a 22% increase of burglaries in the city of Kalamazoo in 2009 compared to 2008.
- According to the FBI's 2009 Crime Clock a burglary occurs every 14.2 seconds.
- Nationally in 2008, there were an estimated 2,222,196 burglaries.
- Most residential burglaries happen between 6 am and 6pm. This is most often the time when there is no one home because most people are at work or at school.
- Among burglaries of nonresidential structures when time of occurrence was known, 58% occurred at night.
- Of all burglary offenses in 2008, 70.3 percent were of residential structures.
- The average dollar loss per burglary offense in 2008 was $2,079.
- Remember to always lock your doors and secure the windows.
- Do not leave messages on your door or voicemail describing your departing or returning times. This can alert potential thieves to your absence.
- Keep doorways well lit at night.
- Install deadbolt locks on all your outside doors.
- Keep your garage doors closed and locked.
- Keep vehicle doors locked.
- NEVER leave your vehicle running and unattended.
- Never leave anything of value in open view in your vehicle.
- Never leave your garage door opener in open view inside your vehicle.
- If you are gone for several days, don't allow daily deliveries of mail, newspapers, or flyers to build up while you are away. Arrange with the Post Office, a friend, or a neighbor to hold or pickup your mail.
- Spare keys should be kept with a trusted neighbor or friend, not under a doormat, on a ledge, or in the mailbox.
- Secure sliding glass doors with a Charlie Bar or similar device.
- If at all possible keep items clear of your yard that could be used as "stepping stools" for a burglar in accessing your home (i.e. lawn furniture, etc.)
- If you have glass panels in your doors, make sure the glass is reinforced so they cannot be shattered. A good rule of thumb is the glass should be 40 inches from the door locks.
- Make sure the exterior doors of your home are solid wood or metal with a quality deadbolt.
- Have adequate exterior lighting. A motion-sensitive light is recommended for backyards.
- Maintain the neighborhood. Dark alleys, litter, and rundown areas attract criminals.
- Don't open the door to anyone you don't know. Insist service personnel verify their identity before allowing them in.
- Photograph and videotape all valuable property including serial numbers.
Burglary Prevention Pamphlet (86.97 kB)