By Karen Goveia — You might have heard that Anthem property crime is down by quite a large percentage, which is the case only in Anthem Country Club. Burglaries in all of Anthem decreased 9 percent and property crime in the Anthem Country Club sank 42 percent in the last six months, according to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office. But the change may not be as dramatic as it sounds, as it’s relative to a somewhat low set of numbers to begin with and the activity of two perpetrators in particular.
“The reduction in property crimes is due in large part to the arrest last year of two suspects who were very active in Anthem and committed a large number of property crimes,” MSCO Lt. Todd Hoggatt told In&Out.
Law enforcement officials say the most common crimes in Anthem and the broader North Phoenix area are crimes of opportunity: car, home and property burglaries, in which doors are unlocked and valuables are often left in plain sight.
Since August 2016, Hoggatt said the department tracked 51 reported property crimes in Anthem. Burglaries accounted for 36 percent of those crimes, down from 45 percent from the same time period in 2015.
The Sheriff’s Office emphasizes, “if it doesn’t look right, report it,” Hoggatt said, adding that MCSO continues to work with Neighborhood Watch groups.
Residents are encouraged to participate in Operation Identification, which encourages engraving personal valuables with a driver’s license number to discourage burglary and theft. Doing so will allow police to trace items more easily, if stolen.
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