Please see below for a message from our Community Services Sergeant at the Cary Police Department. We heard about a recent burglary in the Birkhaven section of Lochmere and asked the police to give us more details. He posted this on nextdoor.com today:
Good afternoon Cary residents. I am Sergeant Jeremy Burgin, your Community Services Sergeant. The purpose of my post today is to make neighbors aware of a recent burglary trend that is currently impacting neighborhoods near Wimbledon, Lochmere, and Glenridge.
Over the past two days, we've experienced four residential burglaries that may be related. The burglaries are occurring during the day and typically involve the suspect(s) breaking a rear glass door and forcibly entering the home to steal jewelry. While most homes were unoccupied, there was an instance where someone was home when the burglar entered an unlocked front door. There have been no injuries reported during this trend.
We need you to help us combat this abrupt spike in home break-ins:
• Be vigilant, immediately reporting suspicious or unfamiliar vehicles and pedestrians to police by calling 911.
• Schedule a home safety inspection, a free service offered by the Town of Cary. A police officer will go on location to identify physical weaknesses in and around a home and offer low-cost suggestions to improve safety and security. Call (919) 469-4324 or email me directly to schedule this service.
• Make sure that all doors, windows, and skylights are secured and check locks regularly to ensure they remain in good working order. While no lock is burglar proof, the more difficult it is to gain entry, the longer it will take, which increases the chances of burglars’ getting caught.
• Use variable light timers and motion-sensitive lights to activate lighting in and around your home.
• If utilizing an alarm system, make sure to have clearly visible signage stating the premises is protected by an alarm and set video systems to record day and nighttime activity.
• Ensure valuables are not visible from the street, especially high-end electronics.
• Come to our Public Safety Day on May 15 and mingle with those in your community. Meeting your neighbors is one of the best ways to keep your street safe, and Town of Cary police officers are available to attend and share safety and crime prevention tips.
Please contact me via email or phone with any questions or comments you may have.
Jeremy D Burgin
Community Services Sergeant
Cary Police Department
120 Wilkinson Ave - P.O. Box 8005
Cary, NC 27512-8005