KINGMAN - The Mohave County Sheriff's office and Kingman Police Department warn residents that home and vehicle burglaries and thefts are on the rise - and so are criminal damage incidents.
The sheriff's office received three reports of stolen vehicles, two in northern Kingman and one in Golden Valley, and eight reports of damaged vehicles over the weekend.
Deputies took three reports of side mirrors being broken out or shot out with a BB gun.
Kingman Police took "dozens of reports" of vehicle burglaries over the past several weeks, along with residential burglaries, including several that occurred while people were sleeping in the home.
Most of the crimes are of opportunity. Doors are left unlocked, giving thieves easy access.
The crimes are occurring all over the city and the surrounding area, said Deputy Police Chief Rusty Cooper, who asked residents to lock their vehicles and homes and to remove any valuables from their vehicles before they go in for the night.
"These criminals haven't shown to be violent or confrontational," said Cooper. "However, it is very brazen to enter an occupied home. Therefore, all care should be taken to protect yourself."
Cooper said a reward is being offered.
Anyone with information is asked to call the MCSO at 928-753-0753 or the KPD at 928-753-2191.
Reports can be made online at www.kingmanpolice.com, or anonymously by calling Silent Witness at 928-753-1234.
Also, Kingman Police will offer tips on home security and self-defense. Direct any questions to Cooper, Lt. Bob Fisk or Sgt. David Reif.