Bloomington Police officials say they are anticipating an increase in burglary reports once IU students begin to return following the holiday break. Chief Mike Diekhoff say he has no way of telling how severe the burglary problem will be this year, but says home invasions tend to target vacant residences, making student housing an ideal target. He also notes many of them go unreported until several weeks later because students who are away from Bloomington have no way of knowing their house has been burglarized. Diekhoff say the department has the greatest success in apprehending suspects when the owner creates a list of valuable property — including serial numbers, identifying marks, and photographs – prior to leaving for break.
“We have a very good relationship with the pawn shops locally where they provide us with information and we check things to see if it’s been stolen,” said Diekhoff.
The department has stepped up patrols in largely student neighborhoods, including many of the area’s apartment complexes. According to police statistics, Bloomington has seen a significant increase in burglaries over the last ten years.