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"We will find you." Waterloo Police issue warning for burglars, tips for homeowners


Waterloo police officers have seen a significant increase in home invasions and burglaries in the past few weeks.

"They're occurring at all times of the day or night," said Safety Services Director Dan Trelka.

"They're hitting every part of our city. In the past it was basically isolated to certain neighborhoods, but now we're starting to see burglaries throughout the city," said Trelka.

Trelka said two violent home invasions have happened within the past week.

According to Trelka, an elderly woman was robbed on the 300 block of Bertch Street, and a couple days later a man was assaulted and robbed in the 100 block of Byron.

Trelka said a man has been arrested in connection with the home invasions, however, the significant spike in burglaries is concerning.

He said Waterloo had 675 burglaries in 2011 and 850 last year and nearly 300 people were arrested in connection with those burglaries.

"We will find you," he said, issuing a warning to burglars in the Cedar Valley.

Trelka said the department has implemented plans and strategies to address citizen concerns.

Still, folks who live near the location of the home invasions are worried.

"I'm very concerned about our neighborhood. We have a lot of elderly people in this neighborhood, and a lot of them live alone," said one neighbor who didn't want to be identified.

Waterloo police encourage people to report any suspicious behavior to police immediately. They say residents should use deadbolts and alarm systems if they have them.

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