An alert neighbor’s call to 9-1-1 resulted in the arrest of three suspected home burglars early Thursday afternoon in North Renton.
Following nearly an hour-long chase around the neighborhood, police located three men — two 19-year-olds and one 18-year-old — suspected of kicking in the door of a home in the 5100 block of NE Seventh Street, said Renton Police Department spokesperson Terri Vickers.
More than 15 officers responded, including members of traffic division, patrol and a school resource officer.
The last of the three suspects was caught near NE Fifth Street and Pelly Ave.
In this case the neighbor saw the men kick in the front door of the burglarized home shortly before noon. These types of crimes are on the rise, Vickers said, adding that the burglars are knocking on doors and ringing doorbells to see if anyone is home.
The thieves then access the house by kicking in the front door. Ensuring that the home has a proper deadbolt is one way to deter burglars.
Check to make sure the deadbolt plate is secured with three-inch screw, not half-inch or one-inch screws, she said.
“It’s a really simple fix,” she said
Some burglars make their way into backyards and break or crawl through open windows.
In that case, neighbors must rely on each other to be alert.