community watch from bill metcalfIt has been reported by the Cary Police Department that over the past few weeks some Lochmere residents have become the victims of residential break-ins.   These crimes have occurred at different times of day: Some during the daytime and others during the evening hours.

The following information was received by Lochmere Community Watch last evening from the Cary Police Department:

  • “There were three residential burglaries over the Christmas holiday in the Lochmere area. Homes were targeted on Wallsburg Court, Strathburg Lane, and Lochside Drive. These three homes were all located within a short distance of one another.”
  • “Each of the homeowners had been away for the holiday and returned to find damage. One case involved a rear door kick-in, one was a basement window entry and the third was a side-garage door entry. Thieves targeted mostly jewelry, but also stole a handgun from one of the homes. Valuable electronics were surprisingly left behind.”
  • “Information regarding these burglaries has been shared among each of the District-3 patrol teams and investigators are reviewing the cases. Leads are limited, but one resident mentioned seeing a black Toyota Camry in the area that looked suspicious. No tag or occupant information was given.”

The Cary Police Department is seeking everyone’s help in reducing the number of burglaries.

Some tips from them include:

  • Burglaries do happen in the daylight hours.
  • Make your home look occupied and make it difficult to break in.
  • Lock all outside doors and windows before your leave the house or go to bed.
  • Even if you are going to be gone for a short time, lock your doors.
  • Keep your garage door closed and locked. If you leave your garage door open, lock the door going into the house. An unlocked door is an invitation to thieves.

The Cary Police suggests that residents consider installing an alarm system with motion sensors for your property. It is an excellent option to keep your home secure and will provide homeowners peace of mind. Also you should consider installing motion-activated lights on the exterior of your home to illuminate your property. Many of these lights can be linked to cameras and your mobile devices.

The Cary Police Department offers crime prevention assessments to all Cary residents and businesses at no cost. These assessments use the concept of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) to provide crime prevention tips and recommendations on how to remedy possible security vulneratbilities. To schedule as assessment, contact Cpl. Donna Monkovich-Pell at (919) 469-4324.

We strongly suggest that if you haven’t had one of these assessments, you schedule one soon. From those of us who have had an assessment, you will be surprised at how easy it is to make your home more secure.

Most importantly, you need to be aware of what is going on in your neighborhood. If you see any suspicious activity or unfamiliar vehicles or pedestrians, you need to report it immediately to the Cary Police Department at 911. For Non-Emergency Police Response 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, please call 919-469-4012.

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