Durham, break-ins

Police asking for information on break-ins
DURHAM, NC There have been approximately 20 break-ins in the area around Shepherd Street, Lakewood Ave, Duke University Road, Kent Street and Rosedale Avenue.

Items stolen include GPS units, laptop computers, cameras, money and jewelry. In several cases, the suspect(s) entered the residence through an unlocked door or window. In at least five cases, the residents were home when the break-ins occurred. In several cases investigators believe the suspect may have fled on a bicycle.

Anyone with information on these break-ins is asked to contact CrimeStoppers at 683-1200. CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases and callers never have to identify themselves.

The following crime prevention tips are provided by the North Carolina Governor's Crime Commission: Burglary Prevention Physical security constitutes 90 percent of burglary prevention. If your home is locked and unauthorized entry is made difficult, time consuming, and conspicuous, chances of a successful burglary are minimized.

  • Locks on all outside entrances should be double-cylinder deadbolts with movable collars.
  • Door jams must be solid. Exposed hinges should be pinned to prevent removal.
  • Windows should have secure locks and should stay locked.
  • Lights must provide optimum visibility inside and out, with vandal-proof covers over the outside lights and power source.
  • The perimeter must be well-lit, especially around all entry points.
  • Alarm systems should be supplied by a licensed alarm company with a central monitoring station.
  • Your NCDL or Social Security number should be engraved on enticing objects.
  • Keep accurate records of serial numbers on all items to help in recovery.

Home Security Tips

Often, an intruder will be deterred from entering your home if you make it a noisy, difficult, time-consuming, and highly visible task.

  • When away, try to make your home look as if it is occupied. Leave lights and a radio on.
  • Have a friend or neighbor get your mail and newspaper, or cut the grass if needed.
  • Be creative when hiding your valuables; burglars often go straight to the bedroom to look under mattresses, in bedside stands, and in closets for money and jewelry.
  • Be a nosy neighbor by reporting any suspicious activity.

If your community has a Neighborhood Watch, join it and support it. If not, hold a meeting with your neighbors to discuss starting such a program in your neighborhood.

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