DURHAM, NC (WNCN) – Durham Police Department is asking residents to be aware of their surroundings and secure their homes as officers investigate a series of burglaries at a row home community.
Six burglaries have been reported in the Lexington Street and Bedford Street area since May 3, officials said.
Five of these burglaries have been reported since June 8th.
Police said all six incidents happened in the late hours of the night, typically between 10pm and 4am
In all but one case, officials said entry into the home was through a window.
Victims of each incident report that various personal belongings were stolen. Among them were car keys that were used to steal the victim’s car, police said.
Officials also said all of these break-ins remain an active investigation.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Inv. AJ Shepard at 919-560-4583 ext. 29370 or Durham CrimeStoppers at 919-683-1200.
Durham Police also shared the following crime prevention tips for residential areas:
- Know your neighbors
- Be on the lookout for suspicious activity or people
- Be sure to lock your doors and windows. Two latches per door/window are recommended
- Check the lighting in your home to make sure it’s working. Report defective lights or dark areas to property management
- Remember that burglars will take advantage of an open door, window or sliding door. Don’t leave valuables out of your windows where passers-by can easily see them
- Consider adding motion-detecting audible alarms to your windows or doors
- Stop by any hardware store to see how you can improve your home security
- Don’t open your door to anyone you don’t know
prevent vehicle theft
- Lock your parked vehicles
- Remove all valuable items and do not use your car for storage
- Do not lend your keys to third parties
- Consider adding an anti-theft device to your vehicle. Check with each automotive store to see what is available
- If you don’t have an assigned parking space, vary where you park your car so a pattern can’t be identified
- Be on the lookout for vehicles that appear unattended or abandoned and report them to the property manager
- Don’t leave your car running while you’re checking the mailbox or doing other “quick” things that require you to leave your car unattended
- Always be aware of your surroundings when doing the laundry, getting the mail, taking out the trash, etc.
- Avoid people or situations that make you uncomfortable
- Report any safety concerns you notice to property management
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