The Weld County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents of a recent increase in property crime across the county that is expected to continue during the holiday season.
MPs have responded to numerous reports of theft, vandalism, trespassing and vehicle theft over the past two weeks, according to a press release from the Sheriff’s Office earlier this week.
Patrol Division Captain Alan Caldwell said winter is when Weld County typically sees a decrease in crime rates, but recent warmer temperatures could be a factor in the upsurge in criminal activity.
“A lot of people are on Christmas vacation right now, but criminals never take a break,” Caldwell said. “The warm weather is expected to continue over the long holiday weekend, so we ask residents to be vigilant, report any suspicious activity and take simple steps to protect your property. “
According to the statement, recent criminal activity has been concentrated in six districts of the county, including:
- District 1: Lucerne north of Ault and Severance east of Weld County Road 43.
- District 2: The region of Del Camino, north to Colo. 66.
- District 3: Aristocrat Acres southwest of Wattenberg, including the US 85 corridor.
- District 3: Mead northeast to Gilcrest.
- District 4: Hill-N-Park and Country Estates subdivisions.
- District 4: East Greeley.
To avoid being the victim of property crime, people should take additional measures, including locking residence doors, locking vehicles and taking keys inside, ensuring garage doors are closed and never leave expensive items such as tools, gifts, equipment and other materials outside unattended.
As the holiday season continues and people remain on break, the Sheriff’s Office is asking residents to report suspicious people, vehicles or activity by calling 911.
If anyone has information regarding property crimes to other crimes, people are urged to contact the Weld County Sheriff’s Office at (970) 356-4015 or Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at (800) 222 -TIPS (8477). Tips are also accepted on the Crime Stoppers website at www.NoCoCrimeStoppers.com.
Those who submit information through Crime Stoppers that leads to the arrest and laying of charges against suspects may be eligible for a cash reward.