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Friday, August 14, 2009

Carlisle Police offer tips regarding house break-ins

No Police Department can function effectively without the concerned assistance of responsible citizens. The Carlisle Police Department is depending on you to call us and tell us whenever you observe suspicious persons, activities or motor vehicles. Some people fail to call the police simply because they are not aware of what seemingly innocent activities might be suspicious. Don’t worry about being embarrassed if your suspicions prove unfounded.

What is suspicious?

Anything is suspicious that seems even slightly “out of place” for the area or during the time of day it occurs. Obvious things to watch for and report include:

1. A stranger entering your neighbor’s house when it is unoccupied, anyone peering into parked cars or house windows.

2. The sound of broken glass or other loud bangs or unusual noises.

3. Persons loitering around schools, parks or secluded areas or in your neighborhood, as they may be sex offenders.

4. Someone going door-to-door in your neighborhood. Watch for a while and if, after a few houses are visited, the person tries a door to see if it is locked or goes into a back or side yard, it could be a burglar.

5. Someone waiting in front of a house is suspicious if the owners are gone. This could be a lookout for a burglary in progress.

6. Anyone forcing entrance to or tampering with a residence or vehicle is suspicious anytime, anywhere.

When vehicles are involved, here is what to watch for:

1. Any vehicles moving slowly and without lights, or following a course that appears aimless or repetitive is suspicious in any location.

2. Parked and occupied vehicles containing one or more persons are especially significant if observed at an unusual hour.

3. Vehicles being loaded with valuables are suspicious if parked in untended residences.

Information we will need – What happened? When? Where?

1. A vehicle license plate number is very important. (At a minimum, it tells us the registered owner.)

2. Direction of flight

3. Description of persons or vehicles

4. When describing suspects, notice age, race, sex, height and weight. Compare your height and weight to theirs. Look for some unique characteristic that will help to identify the suspects later or their vehicle.

All residents should be aware, due to recent burglaries in our town and surrounding towns, that we need your assistance. If you are going on vacation, we can check on your home while you’re away. Just call the station (1-978-369-1818) and give your information to the dispatcher.

When leaving your home even for a brief period of time, secure all doors and windows and set alarms if possible. When reporting suspicious activity or a crime, call immediately.

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