See below, from our Community Services Coordinator at the Cary Police Department:

I am Sergeant Jeremy Burgin and I am your Cary Police Department Community Services Coordinator. I have taken over for Officer Jeff Morgan who has gone back to patrol. Please feel free to email me with any questions or concerns about your neighborhoods if the need arises.

As to the purpose of this email, we have recently experienced some daytime burglaries throughout the Town of Cary. The suspect(s) are posing as solicitors and knocking on doors to determine if someone is home. If not, the suspect(s) are forcibly entering rear doors/windows and targeting jewelry, electronics, and currency. I have attached a crime flyer with some basic tips as a reminder. Please encourage your neighbors to call and report any suspicious activity. This includes solicitors. These are 911 calls.

Non-emergency: (919) 469-4012
Emergency: 911

Please let me know if you have questions.

Jeremy D Burgin
Community Services Sergeant
Project PHOENIX
Cary Police Department
120 Wilkinson Ave - P.O. Box 8005
Cary, NC 27512-8005
919-469-4324

8/28/2014 update from the our district commander at the Cary Police -- good news:

Great news! All suspects in the Camden Forest burglary were identified. Two were arrested, and warrants are being issued for others. If our belief that all 3 burglaries are related holds true, this should effectively bring an end to this trend and allow Lochmere to relax once again. We will still have increased presence for the next few days while the remaining warrants are served, but I wanted to put this out so your residents could breathe a sigh of relief. Again, our thanks to the vigilant eyes of those who were able to provide invaluable witness information in helping to solve this crime. This is a prime example of the strength of communities working together with the police to keep their neighborhoods safe! 

 


8/27/2014 update from the Cary Police (note, the Police did not provide specific address, just the street):  

We’ve made an arrest in the Camden Forest case and recovered much of their property. That’s the good news. The bad news is there are other accomplices who have yet to be identified and who remain active in their larcenous endeavors. A 3rd home was hit on Lochview Drive today. Neighbors will be seeing an increased presence from officers for awhile. If you don’t see us, don’t assume we’re not there as we may or may not move into a more covert mode while we try to catch the rest of this crew. As always, please let me know if you have questions, and I’ll be happy to answer what I can. Please ask neighbors to remain on the lookout, especially for the white Ford Windstar, a white Chrysler Town & Country and / or an older model, white Bonneville style vehicle w/red pin striping. Best way to call in sightings is the non-emergency number of 919-469-4012.


 8/23/2014:  Please see below (with updated attachment) for another update from the Cary Police.  Although the information indicates "....in the area of Cary Parkway and Holly Springs", the most recent burglary on 8/22 was in Loch Highlands (in Lochmere) on Bonniewood Drive.

Attached is a crime alert regarding recent burglaries in the area of Cary Parkway and Holly Springs Road. For more general information please contact District 3 Captain Kevin Tingen at 919-469-4088. More importantly if reporting a sighting of one of the suspicious vehicles listed in the flyer, please contact the non-emergency number at 919-469-4012, which is manned 24/7, so an officer can be dispatched in an effort to locate the vehicle right away. If a vehicle is sighted, please ask callers to record as much information as possible (tag number, driver / passenger descriptions, etc.) in the event we’re unable to get there before they leave.

Please pass this along to your neighborhood communication channels

Sgt. B. Dale
Cary Police Department
Field Operations Bureau
District 3- Team 4
919-460-4903
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 8/22/2014 6:25pm UPDATE:  It has been reported from residents that there was a break-in on Bonniewood (in LOCHMERE) today.  We have contacted the police to get more information and will provide any updates as they become available.  Continue to be aware of activity on your street and follow the guidance provided below.


8/20/2014:  Please see below (and attachment at the bottom) from our District Commander at the Cary Police Department -- related to a burglary in Camden Forest, which is very close to Lochmere:

Please see the attached Crime Alert for a burglary that occurred on E. Camden Forest Drive on 8/18/14. Please distribute through your e-mail contacts in the Lochmere area. If anyone has questions, feel free to refer them to me at 919-469-4088, but if reporting a sighting of one of the suspicious vehicles, please contact the non-emergency number at 919-469-4012, which is manned 24/7, so an officer can be dispatched in an effort to locate the vehicle right away. If a vehicle is sighted, please ask callers to record as much information as possible (tag number, driver / passenger descriptions, etc) in the event we’re unable to get there before they leave.

Capt. Kevin Tingen
District Commander
Cary Police District Three
120 Wilkinson Avenue
Cary, NC 27512
919-469-4088
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The following summer safety tips come from Officer Jeff Morgan, the Cary Police Department Community Services Coordinator:

As temperatures remain high and school has let out for the summer, it is a good time to remind everyone of a few tips to help prevent the seasonal increase in criminal activity in your neighborhood.

1.  We encourage YOU to call the Police Department anytime you see someone sitting in a car in your neighborhood that you don’t recognize and appears to be there for no apparent reason. We would call this a “Suspicious Vehicle.” It would also be appropriate to call us if you were to see one of these Suspicious Vehicles in a neighbor’s driveway, particularly if you know your neighbor is out of town or at work. Most of the tips that help us solve cases come from observant neighbors who see something out of the ordinary and call us.

2. WHAT NUMBERS TO CALL

    • 911 for emergencies when you see a crime in progress (someone is going into someone’s house or carrying items out of a house)
    • 919-469-4012 for suspicious cars or people who haven’t quite done anything yet. This number goes directly to our Police Communications, however if you can’t remember this number, just call 911. To avoid tying up an emergency line unnecessarily, program the non-emergency number into your phone.

3.  If you call us, here is what our dispatcher will want to know from you.

    • What does the car/vehicle look like (Color, make/model).
    • What does the person look like (Race/male/female clothing description).
    • Which way did they leave (if they leave prior to Police arrival). If you are able to take a picture of the car via your cellphone or other camera that would be great too. If possible while still remaining at a safe distance and without confronting the subject, try to get the license plate number.

4. Solicitors

    • Many ask about people knocking on their door. Solicitors need to have a Town of Cary Permit visibly hanging from their clothing when they come to your door. If you don’t see it, don’t open the door. Instead, call us to come out and validate what they are doing. In fact, we tell people not to open the door for anyone they don’t recognize. You can always talk THROUGH the door without opening it. You should be able to figure out pretty quickly what their intentions are. You can always say, “I’m Not Interested.” If they persist, tell them that you are calling the Police, and they will likely leave. If they still don’t leave, then call 911 and let the dispatcher know what’s going on so that an officer can come out to speak with them.

5. Should you answer the door if you are home alone?

    • In my experience, it is better for the person at the door to know someone is home regardless of who is there. Burglars who break into houses are looking for homes that are unoccupied. If they are a burglar and think no one is home, they may try to break in to your house. Then they are breaking into your home, WHILE YOU'RE INSIDE. I would prefer to use the techniques that I spoke about above in the SOLICTOR’S section or from the list of tips below to avoid getting into that type of situation.

6. Lock your doors and set your alarm

    • One of the easiest, and free, means of preventing a vehicle break-in is to simply lock your doors. Take your valuables, such as GPS, tablet, laptop, cell phone, sunglasses, etc into your house and lock your doors. By far the greater number of vehicle break-ins in Cary are due to unlocked doors. Everyone forgets to lock the door occasionally, but try to get into the habit.
    • Also, remember to set your home alarm, if equipped, while you’re away even for a quick trip to the store. Alarms won’t always prevent a burglary, but they can certainly reduce the amount of time a burglar will spend ransacking your house and stealing your possessions. An alarm will also give the Police an opportunity to get to the area soon after the activation and a better chance of catching the burglar.

Here’s a list of tips for you and your children in case they are home by themselves:

    • One never has to open a door. An individual can loudly ask, “Who is it?” Ideally, a child would have a phone or cell phone nearby to call a parent or 9-1-1 if they are uncertain about what to do. The child can speak through the door and say, “My dad is in the bathroom and can’t come to the door right now. Please come back at another time.” If the person does not leave immediately, have them call 911 and ask the dispatcher to send a Police Officer to the house. The child can tell the dispatcher they are home alone, and a stranger is on their porch and won’t leave. Reinforce that the child NEVER opens the door for a stranger and to keep the door locked.
    • Another tip: a child (or any other person), if alone in the house, can call out loudly (to create the impression that others are in the house) “Mom, Dad, Grandma, someone is at the door!”
    • Or, if there is an alarm in the house, and the child is afraid because he does not recognize the person at the door, activate the panic button. The police who respond will not be angry. Better safe than sorry.
    • If the caller is trying to force the door, the child can run out the back door. If that is not possible, hide (Ideally with a cell phone or home phone in hand) and call 911 immediately.
    • During hours of darkness, make sure blinds/shades are drawn and some lights on so passersby can’t determine that a child is alone in the house.

As a final thought, there are many ways to enhance the security of your door locks and windows. We are more than happy to come out to your home to do an individual safety assessment for you, free of charge. Our intention is to find low cost ways to enhance what you already have in place. Please contact me at my email address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to schedule your free appointment. We can also conduct a safety class with many of the same tips and advice in a group setting like a HOA, Community Watch, or church meeting.


Officer Jeff Morgan
Cary Police Department Community Services Coordinator
919-469-4324
120 Wilkinson Ave.
Cary, NC 27513
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