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Weld Sheriff warns about theft, asks residents to check on property in storage

Posted on 02/03/2021

After seeing another increase in thefts at the end of January, the Weld County Sheriff’s Office is reminding residents to take extra precautions to protect their property.

As was the case toward the end of 2020, criminals are targeting locations throughout the county, mostly focusing on construction sites and storage lots. Although the types of property being stolen runs the gamut, criminals appear to be most interested in small tools, cars, trucks, motorcycles, campers, trailers and ATVs.

Criminals are interested in hand and small power tools because they often don’t feature a serial number, making them easy to resell online. Storage businesses, particularly RV lots, also are popular targets because oftentimes property owners don’t know there’s been a theft until several months after the fact.

The Weld County Sheriff’s Office encourages residents to protect their small hand and power tools by:

  • Making sure tools are secured in a locked unit at the jobsite or by bringing tools home at the end of the workday.

  • Buying high-quality locks for onsite storage units.

  • Applying permanent markings, such as a company logo, to ensure tools are easily identified.

  • Taking an inventory of your tools.

The Weld County Sheriff’s Office also encourages residents to check on the property they have in storage to make sure their belongings are still onsite.

Anyone with information regarding this or any other crime is asked to call the Weld County Sheriff’s Office at (970) 356-4015 or Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Tips can also be submitted through the Crime Stoppers website at www.crimeshurt.com. Those submitting tips through Crime Stoppers that lead to the arrest and filing of charges on a suspect(s) may be eligible for a cash reward.