ADVISORY: Housebreaks in West Cambridge

Lock doors to help prevent housebreaks


The Cambridge Police Department has identified an ongoing pattern of housebreaks in your neighborhood since the alert sent to residents on March 13.

All but one of the housebreaks has been through unlocked rear doors. 

Although several arrests have been made, it should be noted that sporadic housebreak activity has been seen across the city.  Housebreaks are one of the primary topics highlighted in the March 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 and other crimes in the March edition of BridgeStat located at

To help prevent 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.
  • 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 9-1-1.
  • 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.

More crime prevention and safety tips can be found here.

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