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Tewksbury Police: We Expect To See An Increase In Burglaries In The Coming Weeks

Jul 08, 2015 01:09PM ● By Bill Gilman
For many Tewksbury families, July and August mean summer vacations to the mountains, the seashore or some island retreat.
But the cherished memories crafted on these getaways can be washed away in an instant, if you come home to find your home has been broken into.
According to Deputy Police Chief John Voto, Tewksbury experiences an uptick in home burglaries and vehicle break-ins during the summer months. That increase can be directly tied to the number of families who go away on vacation in July and August,
"People need to be aware they have to take extra measures to make sure their homes are safe while they are away," said Voto. "We call it 'target hardening.'"
According to Voto, there are several common sense steps residents can take to make their homes "hard targets" for burglars.
These include:
  • Stop mail and newspaper delivery during your time away.
  • Don't announce your vacation plans on social media.
  • Don't change your outgoing phone message to say you are away.
  • Have a trusted neighbor keep an eye on your home. Give that friend your car keys and have them move it around a few times during the week.
  • Arrange for someone to mow your lawn while you are gone.
  • Make sure all doors and windows are locked.
  • Leave a light on in your home while you are gone.
  • Let the Police Department know you will be away.
To help make your vehicle less attractive to burglars:
  • Make sure all windows are closed and all doors are locked.
  • Don't leave valuables or electronics in your car. Bring everything inside.
Click here for more tips on keep your home protected from burglars throughout the year.


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