Public’s Help Sought to End Rash of Daytime Burglaries

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced detectives are asking for the public’s assistance in apprehending the person or persons responsible for a rash of daytime burglaries occurring throughout the parish. Over the past several months, detectives have been investigating a number of burglaries and believe anywhere from 10 to 20 of them could possibly be linked as they showed similar characteristics.

“We are asking every citizen in Lafourche to become mindful of their surroundings and look after their fellow neighbors,” said Sheriff Webre. “Because the actions of the burglars are usually not visible from the street, it can be difficult for a patrolling deputy to spot one in progress. We are approaching this problem from every possible angle, and utilizing the public’s ability to spot suspicious activity is one of the more effective tactics we can employ.”

Detectives say the burglaries have been occurring during daytime business hours and typically occur at a residence within a subdivision, or along a street which has more than one avenue of approach. Forced entry is typically made through a door or window located out of sight from the street such as a rear entrance. Jewelry has been the main target in these burglaries and is typically taken from the master bedroom of the home.

Sheriff Webre urges citizens to protect themselves from becoming potential victims of home burglary by taking the proper precautions:
• If you witness suspicious activity or persons, report it immediately to the police. If you are unsure whether a subject qualifies as being “suspicious,” then you should still place the call. If faced with the question of whether to call, always err on the side of caution.
• Question service workers, utility workers or anyone else that appears to have a legitimate purpose for being in your neighborhood. Service & Utility employees should have proper identification and attire, and you could always verify their reason for being there by contacting the company.
• Portable safes containing valuables should be either well-hidden or bolted down. If a safe is found and not bolted down, criminals will often simply take the entire safe with them to open at a later time once they have left the area.
• Invest in a home security with an alarm or surveillance system. If your home is equipped with a surveillance camera, your surveillance footage/photos could potentially be helpful in solving a burglary at a neighboring residence as well as your own.
• Inquire about starting a Neighborhood Watch program in your community. The residents living within a community are the best judges of suspicious activity. Something that may seem normal to a police officer may be a suspicious occurrence in that neighborhood. To inquire about starting a neighborhood watch program in your community, contact Shelly Savoie or Amy Guillot with LPSO Police Social Services at 449-4477.
• With regard to these daytime burglaries, if traveling home for a lunch break, be observant for anything that appears out of place or suspicious and report it immediately to police. If you witness a burglary in progress at your home or a neighbor’s home, report it immediately, and do not risk your own personal safety by attempting to confront the subject. Be sure to note as much information on the subject(s) as possible and note any license plate numbers.

Residents should call 911 immediately to report any suspicious activity. Crimes can also be reported anonymously through Bayou Region Crime Stoppers at 1-800-743-7433 or by texting “GIVEATIP” plus the information to 274637. Tips can also be submitted online at http://www.crimestoppersbr.org or by using the TipSubmit Mobile application on your iPhone or Android device. Tipsters could be eligible for a reward up to $1,000.00 if the information given leads to a

Public’s Help Sought to End Rash of Daytime Burglaries