Kiwanis members recently heard from Hancock County Prosecutor Brent Eaton and Marion County Deputy Prosecutor Daphne Whitmire about the Multi-Jurisdictional Offender Strategy Team. M.O.S.T. is led by community prosecutors who proactively address burglary-related crimes through prosecution and prevention initiatives.

The pair told Kiwanians that the odds of a resident of Central Indiana being the victim of a burglary were one in 19. The odds for an auto theft are one in 64. Most burglaries take place in broad daylight between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.; the average burglary takes four to seven minutes.

Multiple strategies can be used to prevent becoming a burglary victim. Tips included common-sense strategies to avoid letting strangers know if neighbors are on vacation; reporting suspicious activity to police; and trimming bushes and shrub around the house.

Informational brochures and forms are available from the Hancock County Prosecutor’s office by calling (317) 477-1139.