New data from the Boulder police department shows a staggering 189% increase in burglaries over the past month, though officials say this is not linked to the coronavirus epidemic. Instead, officials say there has been an increase in burglaries across all of 2020 compared to 2019.

Police say the increase is likely due to more people leaving their doors, windows, and garages open or unlocked.

80% of the cases involved buildings left unlocked. 35% of the cases involved burglary from an open garage.

Officials warn that 65% of the cases still had a person inside the premises, and they warned that it was a common misconception that you don’t need to lock up just because you’re at home.

“That is definitely a misconception. When someone sees an easy target and they’re desperate, they’re going to go for it. And unfortunately, that makes the crime just that much more violating to the victim.”

Officials are cautioning Boulderites to lock their doors and windows, invest in motion detectors or an alarm system, and keep valuables out of sight.

Kaylee was raised (but not *technically* born) in Colorado. She graduated from Regis University with a bachelor of arts in English. During her time at Regis she worked as a teaching assistant in a freshman classroom setting and in the writing center helping students on a variety of topics. While there, she discovered Cura Personalis, or care for the entire person, leading to her love of feminism and desire for equal rights for all. Kaylee is the managing editor for AboutBoulder, OnDenver, and a key member of the OnMetro team, launching this platform in cities across the United States.