Knox County Sheriff's Office Releases Information on Apple Valley Burglaries
By Timothy Perry
January 2, 2016 - 11:38 AM
In response to recent burglaries in the Apple Valley Area, Knox County Sheriff David Shaffer released the following statement today:
The Knox County Sheriff’s Office is investigating multiple
burglaries in the Apple Valley area. Over the last few days at least four homes
have been entered. Several of the homes were also vandalized by the suspects.
Officers have taken additional reports of items being stolen from vehicles. The
reports seem to be concentrated on the east side of the lake and the Sutton
Beach area. Deputies are asking anyone with information to call the dispatch
center at 740-397-3333. Confidential tips and information for investigators can
be left on the crime line at 740-399-3959.
According to police reports, on December 23, a resident of the 400
block of Lakeview Heights Dr. reported a break-in of his unlocked
vehicle sometime between 10 PM December 22 and 2:30 PM December 23. the
victim reported a firearm and sunglasses stolen. On December 24, a
resident in the 0-100 block of Thornapple Ct. reported a break-in of his
unlocked vehicle. On December 28, a resident of the 400 Block of North
Ridge Heights Dr. reported a break-in and theft from their unlocked
vehicle overnight. On December 30, a resident in the 1100 block of Apple
Valley Dr. reported damage to his vehicle overnight. On that same
night, a resident of the 400 block of Baldwin Ct., reported that
someone had vandalized their mailbox by knocking it off its pole.
It is unknown if all recent burglaries are related. Some police reports are not yet available due to the New Year's Day holiday.
MVOhio.net is offering the following tips to residents to help prevent break-ins:
-Always lock doors on all homes, garages, outbuildings, and vehicles.
Use deadbolts. Burglars tend to steal from locations which they can
get into and out of quickly and easily.
-Do not leave windows or sunroofs open.
-Do not leave keys in your vehicle.
-Do not leave any valuables, such as money, electronics, or jewelry in sight.
-Make your home look occupied when away. Place your lights on a
timer. Do not allow mail or newspaper deliveries to pile up when you are
-Light up the outside. Burglars generally do not target homes where
they could easily be seen. Place lights outside near your home. Trim any
bushes or other shrubbery. Do not provide any areas where a burglar
-Get to know your neighbors. Establish trust. If they know your
habits and are friendly with you, they will be more likely to call for
help if something looks amiss.
-Photograph and record serial numbers of all valuables. If possible, engrave your driver's license number on them.
-Install an alarm system. Arm it at any time when you are not home.