ADVISORY: West Cambridge Housebreaks
The Cambridge Police Department has recently identified an increase in residential burglaries in this neighborhood.
The Cambridge Police Department has recently identified an increase in residential burglaries in the West Cambridge neighborhood.
All but one of the breaks which occurred during the early morning hours on 3/10 were through doors that were left unlocked. These breaks occurred on Foster, Brown, and Brattle streets.
It should be noted that several other neighborhoods have also seen recent increases in housebreak activity. Housebreaks were one of the primary topics highlighted in the February edition of our monthly BridgeStat crime report, and CPD will be deploying additional resources to help prevent these crimes.
Residents can find more detailed information about housebreaks patterns across the City in the February edition of BridgeStat, located at www.CambridgePolice.org/BridgeStat.
To help combat these crimes, and to avoid becoming a victim, please remember to follow these simple tips to protect your residence and your belongings:
ALWAYS lock your doors and windows. Doors should be made from strong wood or metal and should be locked with a deadbolt. Install guards on windows that prevent them from being raised more than a few inches.
Try “casing” your own home, at night and during the day. Attempt to gain access to your home when the doors and windows are locked and “secure.” Make sure you have some identification on you in case your neighbors call the police.
Leave a light on (perhaps on a timer) when you go away, even for the evening. Leave a television or radio on as well.
Install motion sensor lights outside your home and out of reach so burglars cannot unscrew the light. Also, buy variable light timers to activate lights in your home.
NEVER prop open the door or let someone in behind you if you live in an apartment building. If the building has a main entryway, make sure that security is enforced at the main door. Report residents who do this to your landlord.
Be vigilant. If you suspect suspicious activity around your home, your neighbors’ homes, or in your neighborhood, please report it to the police immediately by calling 617-349-3300.
Document serial numbers of all electronics and take pictures of all valuables. Keep this in a safe place to provide to the police in the event you are burglarized.
Request a Residential Security Survey from the Cambridge Police Department, which provides a general assessment of the vulnerability of your residence. For more info, please call (617) 349-3236.
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