Steamboat police urge vigilance during off-season |

Steamboat police urge vigilance during off-season

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Before heading to the beach or another spring break destination, be sure to lock up your homes and secure your belongings.

That is the advice from the Steamboat Springs Police Department during a time when officers typically see an uptick in thefts and other property crimes.

“We want people to secure their belongings and homes before they leave,” Sgt. Rich Brown said.

The Steamboat community is transient in nature with workers moving away from the area after the ski season.

“People take things, knowing they’re leaving the area and know they’re not coming back,” Brown said.

Already during this off-season, one Steamboat business has been the victim of a burglary.

The Sand Gallery at the corner of 11th Street and Lincoln Avenue was discovered burglarized Sunday morning.

The gallery sells high-end glass art, including jewelry and smoking devices.

A window at the front of the building was broken, and cash and merchandise from the shop were taken.

Police are withholding other details about the burglary because it is still under investigation.

Steamboat can be very peaceful this time of year with fewer people in town, but some take advantage and commit crimes.

“Typically, we see an uptick in break-ins after the winter season,” Commander Annette Dopplick said. “Let’s all enjoy this quiet time without letting our guard down.”

Police advise business owners to make sure seasonal employees return keys and to update access codes. Businesses should also be sure to lock their windows and doors.

An end to seasonal employment can also mean the loss of a paycheck for some, which has led to some people committing crimes in search of quick cash.

Bears are not the only ones that like to break into cars in Steamboat. Humans, though, are usually looking for things of value as opposed to a meal.

In past years, there have been instances of people breaking into cars during the off-season.

Police advise the best way to prevent this is to lock car doors.

People can anonymously provide information about crimes by calling Crime Stoppers at 970-870-6226.

Tips can be sent by text message by texting NABM, followed by the tip, to 274637. A confirmation text will then be sent.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247, email or follow him on Twitter @SBTStensland.

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