It seems as if everyone has a break-in story, whether it's your neighbor, you or even the insurance agent on the phone when you make your claim about lost goods. Perhaps that's not surprising, given that Stanislaus County has one of the highest burglary rates in the state.
In December 2007, for example, there were more than 1,000 reported burglary victims from Manteca to Turlock. The value of their lost property? About $1.6 million.
Sunday and Monday, The Bee takes a look at this pervasive problem from the perspective of victims, law enforcement agents and even reformed burglars.
We delve into how readers can make their homes more secure and how authorities are trying to combat the problem. We also look at how insurance companies handle theft claims and what farmers and other rural residents are doing to be safer.
Modbee.com will feature interviews with victims, an inside look at a probation operation targeting people with property crimes convictions, charts looking back at 10 years of burglary statistics and a gallery of unclaimed stolen property recovered by Modesto police.