Police are searching for a suspect after an attempted burglary in Boise.
Police say an adult female reported a man had attempted to break in through her front door. After hearing the noise and noticing the door was ajar, she armed herself with a firearm and went to the door. She found a man on the porch and fired once at him. He then fled down the street. Officers believe he used some kind of pry bar to get into the house.
Officers do not believe the man was injured or hit. A K9 and a drone were used to search the area but officers couldn't find the suspect.
Officers weren't able to get a good description of the suspect, and are asking for the public's help in finding him. If you live in the area of Walnut and Warm springs and have home surveillance cameras, you are asked to review the footage and contact police if the cameras recorded anything possibly related.
Please call non-emergency dispatch at 208-377-6790 or Crime Stoppers at 208- 343-COPS (2677).
Boise Police remind residents to take the following crime prevention steps:
- Install quality locks on doors and windows and use them. Lock and close your doors and windows even when you're home. Do not rely on thumb-turn locks on windows, as they can be unlocked through a broken window. A good quality deadbolt should be installed on every exterior entry door no matter how friendly your neighborhood is, make it a habit to check for locked doors each time you leave the house and go to bed.
- Trim shrubs around doors and windows so burglars don't have a sheltered place to work. High or overgrown landscaping like bushes, shrubs and trees can offer an intruder a place to hide and conceal a break-in.
- Install peepholes on exterior doors and any interior door between the garage and house.
- Consider timers hooked up to indoor lights, as well as radios or televisions to give your home that lived-in appearance.
- Close shades, drapes and other window treatments while you're away to keep potentially tempting household items out of view.
- Do not leave your garage door open or unlocked if you are not in the immediate area.
- Pay attention to suspicious activity or anything that appears out of place. Immediately report any and all suspicious activity by calling your local 24-hour non-emergency number or 911 in the event of an emergency.
- If you have an alarm, set it.
- Lighting is one of the best deterrents to nighttime burglary. Indoor and outdoor lighting are important; install lights by all exterior doors and make bulbs hard to reach. Motion senor lights are often a good choice for side or backyards.
- Beware of solicitors. Door-to-door salespeople have a business license or permit issued by the City -- always ask to see it for verification.
- Don't let strangers into your home—this includes workers and others—if you are not with them. Never give keys to people making improvements to your home.
- Photograph your valuables and engrave your property with a form of identification, such as your driver's license number.
- Have locks changed or re-keyed when moving into a new home or apartment.
- Install track-type locks, drop bars, wooden dowels, or pinning devices on sliding glass doors.
- "Harden" your doors. All entry doors should be solid wood or steel-wrapped wood-core doors.
- Join or establish a Neighborhood Watch. Getting to know your neighbors can be beneficial for your home’s security.