The Hall County Housing Authority has experienced its second burglary in two days, and the Grand Island Police Department believes the two incidents are related.

According to the GIPD media sheet, the housing authority reported a burglary at 147 Pletcher Terrace at 2 a.m. Wednesday during which a door and jam were damaged along with two lock boxes. Cash was also taken. At about 10 a.m. Thursday, another burglary was reported at the same location, where items were taken and broken.

“This is our second one in as many days where two laundry rooms have been burglarized; they are definitely related,” said Grand Island Police Capt. Jim Duering. “The value of the stolen items are under $100 in both cases. We think it is probably the same person going from place to place. I know they have some video on that.”

On Wednesday, two unrelated burglaries were reported at Howard Elementary School and at a residence at 920 W. Third St. Duering offered some tips to property owners looking to protect their homes from burglaries.

“The biggest thing you can do to prevent burglaries is the 9 p.m. routine where you lock your cars, the garages and the doors and make sure anything of value is out of view or in the house where it is secure,” he said. “Eighty percent of our burglaries can be avoided just by doing that.”

Duering also encouraged people to call police if they see something suspicious in their neighborhoods.

“Make those phone calls and let us come check it out,” he said. “We would rather come out and check out something that is nothing, rather than come out and find out the next day something happened.”

Duering said home surveillance systems have helped to increase the amount of cases GIPD has with video footage.

“That is great. It gives us an avenue to solve cases we would not have solved before,” he said. “It also creates a little more manpower and time in investigations. I would recommend that, if people have the means to use them, as they are definitely useful to us.”

Duering also encouraged people to get to know their neighbors and have them be watchdogs for things going on in their neighborhoods.

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