Davenport sees burglaries spike

how local businesses are stepping up their security.

A recent spree of burglaries over the last few weeks has neighbors in Davenport looking for answers. 

Broken glass, damaged doors, stolen cash registers and more are just a few of the things local businesses say cost them more than the money being stolen. 

Sherry Hopkins, owner of Ritzi Reruns in Davenport, says the security cameras in her store weren't working during the most recent burglary. She's been in the area for over 17 years and has seen several incidents in the past. 

"I just work hard and they don't realize the cost because of not getting much money, the cost to replace the glass each time is  $300 at least."

Wide River Winery in the Village of East Davenport was burglarized twice just this past weekend.

"You know you're very anxious, you don't know what to expect," said Martha O'Brien, manager of the winery.  

And while no one seems exempt from these crimes, Davenport police say there's multiple ways to make criminals think twice.

Detectives suggest protective glass similar to car windshields, making glass harder to break. They say double checking to make sure cars and doors are locked can make a big difference. 

"Putting in a bunch of deterrents, overall just making it harder for them to get broken in to," said Davenport police Sgt. Dennis Cloclasure. "Again these are crimes of opportunity so we want to try to limit those opportunities the best we can and we feel prevention is one of the best ways to do that." 

Now local businesses are stepping up their security. 

"We added more lights, motion detector lights, we're changing the way we close in the evening," said O'Brien.  

And officers say while they'll be working to keep their city safe, those extra precautions shouldn't stop at their city borders.

"We talk with the other agencies, it's going back and forth across the river. But this isn't even just in the Quad Cities area. If people did their research they'd find out this is happening all over."

The Davenport Police Department offers a safety survey. Businesses owners can request for officers to come out and asses their location to help determine what changes they can make to keep their business safe. You can find a link to that survey here


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