Police warn residents of burglaries, car break-ins and auto thefts

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EUGENE, Ore. -- Eugene Police are going door-to-door in the West University neighborhood warning people of three major crimes: burglaries, car break-ins and auto thefts.

"Eugene has a higher rate of those three types of crimes than just about any other city in the nation our size," said Police Chief Pete Kerns.

Police want to warn student residents leaving for winter break to take care of their belongings.

Eugene Police said there's a predictable spike in crime in this area. They hoping people will be more aware with crime prevention efforts.

"We encourage them to take their small valuable items with them, lock their doors and windows, have someone watch their place if that's possible," said Kerns.

Kerns had initiated crime prevention efforts in the West University neighborhood.

He said that EPD is saturating the area with patrols and investigators  who focus on the prolific offenders they know will soon be operating in the area. 

"What we see is that when we focus on an area, crime goes down," said Kerns.

He said that all offenders caught during the break will be prosecuted, adding that the Eugene Police Department is working closely with the district attorney's office to prosecute those who commit these crimes.