DeWitt (WSYR-TV) – A recent rash of daytime break-ins in DeWitt shows that no neighborhood is immune to burglaries.
The most recent burglary on Falstaff Road in the Genesee Hills area of the eastern Syracuse suburb is just the most recent such incident.
Since April 16, homes on Kimber Road, Bradford Heights, Carnegie Drive, and Westcliffe Road have all been broken into.
All of the burglaries have occurred between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Police say the break-ins are occurring despite the residents’ willingness to secure their homes.
“Homes have been locked, alarms activated, yet these burglars are still breaking,” said DeWitt Police Commander Lt. John Anton.
Gone before police arrive, the crooks are in and out of the homes in fewer than five minutes.
Police say the burglars ransacking homes, stealing money, jewelry, and electronics while the residents are at work.
“If you have neighbors in the area, ask them to keep an eye on things, and on your house,” Anton said.
Also, residents should look for weaknesses, like basement windows.
“They do sell bars for example at Home Depot or Lowes or any home improvement store, that you can attach, they can bolt, secure from the inside or the outside, and that would be a big deterrent,” said Anton. “We like to see doors like this without windows, you could smash it, and unlock the door from behind.”
People who leave their iPads or smartphones home during the day should make sure they are password protected and have the locator feature turned on in the settings so that police can track the devices.
Police say those who do arrive home and believe their residence has been broken into should not enter right away, but should instead go to a neighbor’s home.
Finally, residents should compile a home inventory list so that they can submit proof of stolen property to the insurance company in the event of a burglary.
Police are asking people who work in residential areas to keep an eye out for suspicious people. They are hoping postal employees, delivery services, lawn services and other homeowners in the neighborhoods will keep an eye out for criminals or would-be criminals.