Burglaries from March 22 to April 1, MU’s spring break, were up from previous years, according to a Columbia Police Department news release.
Twenty-six residential burglaries occurred that week. They were spread throughout the city, although multiple burglaries were reported on Anthony Street. Police department records do not separate students from non-students. The department warned students before break that extended absences have the potential to increase burglary risk.
There were 21 residential burglaries, three commercial burglaries and one burglary of an unattached garage or shed during MU’s 2013 spring break. There were no reported burglaries of commercial areas or unattached property in 2014.
Residential burglaries during spring break have been trending upward in recent years. There were 21 in 2012 and 2013, up from 14 in 2011 and 10 in 2010.
Burglaries in Columbia for all of 2013 were down compared to 2011 and 2012. Police reported 703 total burglaries in 2013, down from a high of 798 in 2011.