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Secret Witness Offers Reward for Info in Incline Area Burglaries

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Secret Witness is offering a $1,000 reward for more information about a string of burglaries throughout North Lake Tahoe.

Investigators with the Washoe County Sheriff's Office say thieves have targeted at least 18 homes and cabins in the areas of Incline Village and Kings Beach.

The burglaries started in November - and investigators believe the same group is responsible.

They're looking for two persons of interest who were seen leaving the driveway of one of the homes:

  • a man and woman in their 20s
  • they both wore black ski outfits and were in a gold Lexus

If you know anything that could help, call Secret Witness at 322-4900 or text your tip to 847411 or go online to www.secretwitness.com 

The Sheriff's Office reminds all residents that, in most case, burglaries are crimes of opportunity. In a community such as Incline Village, many homes are seasonally occupied. Homeowners and vehicle owners are encouraged to take action that will help reduce those opportunities, protect their valuables, and assist neighbors who are unable to protect themselves.

"Criminals look for easy targets such as vacant homes, unlocked cars or valuables left in plain sight," Washoe County Undersheriff Tim Kuzanek said. "Working together to eliminate those easy targets is one of the most effective ways for our community to fight crime."

Undersheriff Kuzanek said one of the best safety steps residents can take is to get to know their neighbors.

"Neighbors watching out for neighbors is one of the best ways to spot suspicious activity," he said. "A trusted friend or neighbor can also keep an eye on your house while you're away."

Additional tips to help keep your home safe while travelling:

  • Never broadcast your travel plans on a community email group, blog, Facebook, or other social networking site and remember if you check-in on foursquare or Facebook, everyone knows you aren't home
    Lock windows, sliders, and doors when leaving for any length of time
    Stop all deliveries or arrange for someone to pick up your mail, newspapers, and packages
    Never keep valuable objects in plain view
    Do your best to have your home look occupied while you are away
    Never leave a house key hidden outside of your home, someone else may find it and use it
    Place inside lights and a radio on timers so that they go on and off periodically in the evening hours
    Leave your blinds and drapes in their normal position on second floor windows and closed on ground level so no one can look inside and view an empty home
    If you return home and it looks like someone has entered your home, do not go inside. Use a cell phone or go to a safe location such as a neighbor's house to contact the police. Let the police check the home first.
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