There were four burglaries in five days this week at the Corkery Apartments, with three of them occuring within 36 hours of each other.
According to an email from Campus Security and Public Safety, two occurred overnight on Sunday and a third occurred on Tuesday morning. Each event followed a similar pattern.
“Electronic devices were taken from common living areas and one unoccupied room inside the units,” the email said of the first two robberies. “Spokane Police Department is investigating these incidents.”
Of the third robbery, electronic devices were taken from common room areas.
It is believed that unlocked doors were all points of entry for the intruders.
Director of Campus Security Scott Snider said there have been 10 burglaries on campus in 2018. Five happened this semester. Last year, there were 11.
The two previous years present a spike. From 2015-2016, there were 8, Snider said.
In order to prevent burglaries, CSPS suggests locking doors — even on the second floor — closing blinds, leaving a porch or balcony light on throughout the night and removing valuables from view.
“Consider placing a dowel or rod in sliding glass door tracks,” the email said. “Photograph and document serial numbers of all valuable electronics. Report suspicious behavior and circumstances immediately.”
Rods or dowels can be placed in sliding doors with the help from Plant Services or resident hall assistants.
As a result of the four burglaries, CSPS said it has taken steps to ensure safety for students living on-campus.
“[CSPS has] added surveillance cameras and adjusted existing cameras,” the second email stated. “[CSPS is] contracting additional security patrols to monitor the site as well as similarly constructed sites at other locations on campus.”
CSPS will contact and interview witnesses to further the investigation.
“If you have any information that might help solve these recent crimes, call Spokane Police, Crime Check at (509) 456-2233, or CSPS.”
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