Residential burglaries increase in Petaluma, Sonoma County

  • Petaluma Police Lt. Tim Lyons sorts through stolen sporting goods and electronics recovered from a large campsite at the Adobe Creek Golf Course on Wednesday, July 24, 20013.

The number of house break-ins spiked over the last two months across Sonoma County, amid historically low crime rates on a downward trend for the last 20 years.

Local police and the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office have responded by stepping up patrols, warning residents to lock windows and doors, and investigating people with prior habits of committing property crimes.

Detectives have tied at least some of the apparent burglary sprees to individuals or groups.

"Property crimes are up all over the Bay Area," Petaluma Police Lt. Tim Lyons said.

The trend appeared most strong in Petaluma, where the rate of residential break-ins has just about doubled since June, compared to the first five months of the year, according to figures provided by Petaluma police.

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