Eugene Police officers on night watch July 27/28 reported being kept very busy with response at numerous businesses around town that had been burglarized or damaged.
Three businesses in 5th Street Market were burglarized. The Market of Choice warehouse had their gate damaged, appearing to have been subject to an attempted break-in. A vehicle was stolen from that location.
CoMotion Cycles on Pacific Avenue and All Med on River road were both burglarized. CoMotion, at 4765 Pacific Avenue, is a manufacturer of high-end bicycles and had some expensive bicycles stolen at around 3:33 a.m. on July 28 (two photos attached: the green bike is a stock photo, the white bike photo is the actual bike photo). One of the bikes is a white, electric assist, custom-built bicycle. The bike is a one-of-a-kind, and originally created for a show but is now owned by an employee. If anyone has tips, please call 541.682.5111 and reference case 21-11483.
The reports of break-ins have been shared with all EPD Patrol shifts and Investigations. Eugene Police Community Service Officers and Community Engagement Team are following up on these reports to obtain more information and help the locations with any security improvement tips. Commercial Burglary Tips are below:
Business Burglary Prevention Tips
- Ensure good deadbolt locks on all exterior doors and inside security doors.
- Windows should have secure locks and security film.
- Ensure good lighting inside and out, especially around doors, windows, and other entry points and keep windows clear of signs for visibility inside. An even level of lighting inside and out is more important than bright light in only some areas.
- Keep plants and all landscaping trimmed to no more than a few feet in height and in good condition so as not to provide cover.
- Leave cash registers empty and open overnight. Post a sign on the door and/or register that says “Register emptied every night.”
- Make deposits daily so as not to have significant cash in your safe overnight. Vary deposit time and location to avoid patterns.
- Safes should be securely anchored and should be left open and empty overnight whenever possible.
- If at all possible, never leave items of value, such as laptops and financial data, unsecured in plain view.
- Limit access to your safe and knowledge of your financial information.
- Instruct employees to never give out any details regarding the use of the safe, how much money is brought in and other financial information. If someone inquires about this type of information, immediately notify the owner or manager and get a good description of the person and especially any vehicle associated with them.
- Establish a Business Watch with neighboring businesses. Make sure you know how to reach each other after hours.
- If you are burglarized don’t clean-up! Call 682-5111 and wait for police to respond and gather evidence. If the crime is in progress or just occurred, call 911.
- If you are interested, a Community Engagement Specialist, will come out and do a security survey. https://www.eugene-or.gov/944/Community-Engagement-Team
- Consider a security system and/or video surveillance system.