Unshoveled driveways and dark windows are common signs burglars look for when determining if a resident is home.

A number of Zags living off campus in the Logan Neighborhood brought in the new year with broken doors, windows and new security systems. 

In a news release, the Spokane Police Department (SPD) provided information on multiple burglaries that happened during GU’s winter break. 

After four days on the case, a Police and Community Together (PACT) investigator was able to link the series of burglaries to three suspects who’d been giving the stolen items to transients and homeless people. 

The news release said that as of Jan. 23 the investigator on the burglary cases was finally able to file the charges a month after the first incident had been reported. 

Burglaries occurring in the Logan, or any neighborhood for that matter, isn’t anything new, however it’s a crime that isn’t highly anticipated by any home resident. 

GU Junior and Logan resident, Megan Rusby's home was burglarized over the winter vacation. 

“It was the week of New Year's Eve when my landlord texted me to let me know that the back door was kicked in and our rooms were rummaged through,” Rusby said. 

Rusby never imagined she would be a victim to the burglary crimes that are known to take place in the neighborhood she is now a part of. 

One of her friends that lived in the Logan just a year ago had mentioned instances of perpetrators trying to break into their garage, but Rusby thought the busy street she lived on would deter potential threats to her home. 

“It’s a pretty gutsy move,” Rusby said. “We’re getting a Ring security camera on the back door now because it’s the most vulnerable part of the house, but even then there’s only so much that we can do.”

SPD Officer Stephanie Kennedy worked some of the cases involving burglaries in the Logan that happened over the break and said the high opportunity presented in and around the area is what leads to a higher crime rate. 

“A variety of crimes occurred in this scenario, and is a reoccurring example, which I see often,” Kennedy said in an email. “I believe that the GU area presents more opportunity in a condensed area.”

Being near the university can lead to more criminal activity taking place, especially during a period of time, such as the holiday season, where the criminal knows there are less residents in their homes. 

“The students bring with them higher-end bicycles, vehicles, personal belongings etc., this is why I see the area is often a hotspot for thievery,” Kennedy said.

There are many things student residents and any other homeowners can do to stop this kind of theft from being such a recurring incident. 

“Walk around your house in the dark, see what the bad guys are seeing," Kennedy said. "Everyone should be aware of their surroundings, not only to protect their property, but themselves as well. When bad guys see an unoccupied house, unshoveled snowy walkway, etc., this is what they target.”

For students living in the Logan who want to lessen their chances of being the victims of a break-in, talk to the landlord about the time when you know your house is going to be empty and ask if they’re willing to make it look active at some points throughout that time it’s unoccupied, Kennedy said.

Kayla Friedrich is a staff writer. Follow her on Twitter: @kayla_friedrich.



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