Over the past few months, several car thefts, at least 30 car burglaries, and over 20 attempted overnight home break-ins – some successful – have residents on edge. That’s why the police department decided to host a series of burglary prevention forums – the first, held recently at the municipal center.
“We’ve seen an uptick in residential burglaries, and that’s usually what happens in August. We want to get the word out to the community,” said Brian Cunningham, Deputy Chief of the Naperville Police Department.
Burglars look for an easy target – so make your home a tough one. Turn on your exterior lights at night, make sure your landscaping doesn’t obscure entrances to your home, and lock your doors and windows. And if you see or hear anything suspicious: call the police.
Though the recent burglaries are unnerving, police noted that we have had less than in 2015.
“Last year we had 160, this year we’re at 103. So if you look at the surrounding communities and the size of our town we’re actually pretty low,” said Cunningham. “But any residential burglary is a big case for us, we realize it’s somebody violating somebody’s home so we pour our resources into trying to solve it.”
For more information about burglary prevention and dates for the next forum, visit the Naperville Crime Stoppers website.
Naperville News 17’s Blane Erwin reports.
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