In the first hit they made off with a television and four-figure sum of cash, plus a key to the garden shed.
They came back, let themselves into the shed, and took garden tools but were spotted by the returning home owners.
The GazzetteNews reported the homeowner investigated after noticing the shed door was open, and saw four people in the park behind the house, two of them were holding the tools stolen from the shed and the group ran off.
The burglars then made a third attempt on the house and caused damage to the property.
Local law enforcement well aware of the ongoing break-ins assembled a team of detectives to thwart the property crimes and to try and break the pattern.
Their strategy is to visit well-known suspects, keeping tabs on their whereabouts and doing what they can to “divert” these individuals from crime.
“They also work closely with victims, providing them with support and giving them advice on home and personal safety.” “Anyone who has had to deal with a burglary will know that it’s not just the financial loss that is difficult; more often than not, items of huge sentimental value are taken, so it also has a huge emotional impact too.”
“This is completely unacceptable and the teams will be doing all they can to prevent this from happening to residents in our communities.”
Bravo to all involved in the effort to preserve the sanctity of citizen’s rights to safety and security.
But what’s missing in this story is the homeowner being proactive and doing something to keep the burglars out in the first place. Often a home alarm monitored at a dollar a day will do the trick. In my case, first my cameras see them coming day and night and that notifies me with an audible alert. Second, once they get close enough the German Shepherd lets me and them know she is ready. Third, the doors and windows are all locked. Fourth they need to get through the home alarm system and if they trip it, the local police are called.
If they do make their way in, the Shepherd knows what to do next. Me? If I’m home I’m taking the family out of there as quickly as possible and heading to safety, then pizza.
Robert Siciliano personal security expert to ADT Home Security Source discussing Home Security on NBC Boston. Disclosures.