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Friday, July 16, 2010

Two housebreaks reported in July

Burglars broke into an East Street residence on July 1 and took some jewelry and a laptop computer. The owners, who were away from the house between 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., discovered and reported the theft when they returned home shortly before 6 p.m. Entry to the house was gained through an unlocked window opening on to a screened porch, according to Police Chief John Sullivan.

A second robbery occurred on Monday, July 12. According to Sullivan, the break-in was reported at roughly 2:30 p.m. Entry was through an unlocked kitchen window opening onto a screened area. Both money and jewelry were taken.

Police know that housebreaks are easier during the summer months. People go away and homes are unoccupied, there are more hours of daylight, windows may be left open for ventilation during hot weather and there is no snow to capture footprints. Burglars know this, too. Sullivan says the best way to prevent burglaries is by making it a lot harder to commit the burglary, by locking windows and doors, getting mail and newspapers picked up or stopped when on vacation (so there is no telltale accumulation), having an alarm system and using it, telling neighbors that you will be away and that no one should be at the house. The police log documents consistent police follow-up on burglar alarms that are routed into the station and on calls about suspicious persons or vehicles.

Area police know they are dealing with groups of organized burglars who scan a neighborhood and take pictures of target houses, and who work in pairs and carefully orchestrate a planned break-in. Also, area police departments have been working cooperatively in tracking and apprehending burglars. Coordinated police work resulted in the identification and arrest of one group of persons linked to burglaries in Carlisle and other towns last summer. Sullivan believes the area is dealing with a new group this year. ∆

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