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A Large Increase In Tuolumne County Crime

Sonora, CA — Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office is reporting an increase in property crime. Within the last 60 days, 86 reported burglary cases were investigated, a 79 percent increase from last year when 48 reports of burglary were made in the same time frame.

The Sheriff’s office states a notable trend; “the majority of the reported Twain Harte cases have come from the “Bird” streets area of Twain Harte along Middle Camp Road. Several homes have been vandalized along with various items taken.”

The Sheriff’s department provides several ways to help keep a home safe, noting that burglary is a common crime that can be effectively resisted by each citizen taking positive action at home. Their first recommendation is to install alarm systems and have animals, such as dogs, that will alert you and others of abnormal activity. They advise keeping brush and bushes away from windows and doors, being alert and knowing your neighbors, and having well lit areas around your home to improve visibility. Also important is to keep a comprehensive home inventory list with serial numbers of valuable items. Serial numbers are uploaded into an Automated Property System database and aid Law Enforcement in recovering and solving burglary cases.

Tuolumne County Sargent Andrea Benson says, “With help from watchful citizens we can bring the community together with Law Enforcement to achieve the common goal of preventing crime.” She adds, “When reporting suspicious persons or vehicles, please provide TCSO Dispatchers with the best description you can and a direction of travel. Reporting can be called in to 533-5815.”