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Vandalism and burglaries on the rise with warm weather

With clear skies and warm temperatures making it easier for people to stay outdoors, burglaries and vandalism are on the rise in the county ” as they usually do in summer, according to local law enforcement.

“We do traditionally see an increase (in burglaries and vandalism) in the summer months because the weather is good and school is out,” said Lt. Joe Salivar of the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office. “It’s not that they are all breaking into cars, but there is a group of juveniles we arrest every year on charges of vandalism and burglary.”

This year, 44 cases of vandalism took place in June and July, compared to 33 cases last year during the same period, according to the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office. The number of auto, commercial and residential burglaries in the first two months of summer added up to 49 this year, compared to 46 cases last year within the same period, Salivar said.

Vehicle burglaries happen more near trails and parks where people leave their cars unattended for long periods of time, Salivar said.

“In the past, we’ve had a lot of trouble in Edwards Crossing, Purdon Crossing, Bridgeport and Independence Trail,” Salivar said. “Vehicle burglaries are also common in the Loma Rica, airport area.”

People need to make sure they lock their cars and take their valuables out of them, Salivar said.

Marijuana busts are also common this time of the year because the plants are now mature and are more visible to people, Salivar said. This year, officers have already dealt with nine cases of marijuana cultivation over June and July, compared to 10 cases last year within the same period, he said.

To curb the occurrence of burglaries and vandalism, officers patrol areas more prone to criminal activities.

“We go after locations,” Salivar said. “If we have more than a couple of burglaries in a relatively small area within a short period of time, we look into that area. We try to maintain a high profile and do more patrolling.

“Since the last few vehicle burglaries, we are spending more time in the Loma Rica area and river crossings.”

To contact Soumitro Sen, e-mail or call 477-4229.

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