A suspect arrested for a pair of burglaries in west Arvada allegedly made his way into homes through the tightest of spaces: a doggie door.
Justin Slinker, age 19, of Arvada faces charges of burglary for crimes occurring in the area of 80th an Alkire St. in mid-January, 2012.
Slinker allegedly removed jewelry from one of the homes and later sold some of the items at an area gold-buying business. He was arrested on January 13, 2012.
While using a doggie door to gain access to a home may seem unique, police warn this type of entry does occur, and residents should follow these prevention tips:
· Lock the doors and windows in your home.
· If you have a fence, ensure the gates are locked.
· Keep your garage door closed, even when you're home.
· Lock the door leading from your garage to your home.
· Turn on the lights in your home when you're away.
· Install motion sensors to activate lights inside and outside of your home.
· For residents with doggie doors, install a sensor so a light will activate when your pet uses the door or someone tries to gain access.
· Consider purchasing a doggie door with security features including a locking component.
· Make sure you stop newspaper service when vacationing.
· Report suspicious activity in your neighborhood to police at 720-898-6900.
Another important tip is to catalogue items of value in your home including jewelry and electronics.
Maintaining a picture file is also important for insurance purposes and to assist detectives in the event you are a crime victim.