FOUNTAIN HILLS, AZ - Sheriff's deputies tried to separate fact from fiction at a meeting Thursday night regarding burglaries in Fountain Hills.
"We are happy they are here," said resident Kathy Banks. "Because we didn't know what was going on."
Deputies told the packed crowd at the town community center, that there have been at least 16 burglaries since the beginning of the year.
Not an alarming statistic to police, but startling enough to draw gasps from the crowd.
Deputies ensured the crowd they were making the proper patrols based on their contractual agreement and manpower.
They also said they don't think these criminals are especially sophisticated, more that they are looking for easy targets like houses that are unoccupied or left vacant by snowbirds.
They also suggested residents take a few simple, proactive steps like getting an alarm system or a dog.
They also suggested leaving on lights and locking doors and windows. Getting to know your neighbors was another tip.
Deputies said Fountain Hills crime statistics showed Monday's from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. is the most likely time to be hit by a burglar in the city.
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