The Burglary Detail is responsible for the investigation of residential and commercial burglaries which occur within the City of Bakersfield. While most people feel that their homes have been “robbed”, an offense involving a theft from a residence or business is actually a burglary and would be handled by the burglary detail. Burglary detectives frequently conduct surveillance and other special operations in order to solve burglaries and prevent further offenses.
Most burglaries are crimes of opportunity. Open garage doors, an accumulation of newspapers or darkened houses in the evening are open invitations to would be burglars. If unattended, keep your garage doors closed. Have a neighbor pick up your newspapers and put a timer on an interior light if you are going to be away. And don’t forget to use double key deadbolts on your exterior doors.
Remember to report suspicious activity, and if it can be done safely, record license plate numbers of suspicious vehicles.
Frequently Asked Questions About Burglary
If I report a burglary to my home or business and later find more items missing, do I report the additional loss?
Yes, to report additional items missing from your burglary, simply contact the Investigations Division at 661-326-3846, or if you have the telephone number of the detective assigned to your case contact the detective directly. You will then be advised to fax or mail the additional loss information to the police department to be included in your report.
Can I call the day after my report and discuss the case with the assigned detective?
No. It takes several days for your report to be processed and assigned to a detective. When you do talk to the assigned detective, do not be offended if he cannot immediately recall all of the details of your offense. Burglary detectives have a very large case load and will need some minor details from you to isolate your case.