Residents warned of string of daytime burglaries in Highlands Ranch

HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. – More than a dozen daytime burglaries have been reported in Highlands Ranch in the past month with the burglars entering homes through back doors and windows.

In one case, a neighbor contacted the sheriff’s office about suspicious people in a car. It turned out they were targeting homes in the area and were arrested.

It doesn’t appear that was related to the most recent burglaries. But it’s a reminder to report anything suspicious in your neighborhood.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office says in some of these cases, doors and windows were left unlocked. After more than a dozen burglaries in the past month, neighbors say they will be more vigilant.

“It’s definitely uncomfortable,” Marie Torp said. “It makes me more aware. I lock my windows and doors, but I definitely want to do a double check.”

“People just need to be more careful and observant about what’s going on in their neighborhood,” Mike Zimmerman said. “Know their neighbors and know if somebody’s there that doesn’t belong there.”

Added Lisa Mack: “We look out for each other. When other neighbors leave their garage door open, we go over and knock on the door.”

In 2012, 266 home burglaries were reported for all of Douglas County.