|Monroe Township Experiences Another Round of Break-ins|
|Written by Nancy Bowman|
|Wednesday, 23 January 2013 00:00|
Miami County Sheriff’s deputies are asking people to keep an eye out and call 9-1-1 if they see suspicious activity following another series of residential burglaries in the county, including near Tipp City.
Chief Deputy Dave Duchak said late last week that the department has investigated about eight break-ins in the area of State Route 571 (both east and west); Kessler-Cowlesville Road; and Greenlee Road, among others.
Detectives are looking into two suspects but also believe there are other active burglars in the area, Duchak said.
Among recent burglaries was one Jan. 17 at a residence in the 5000 block of Peters Road.
The deputy’ s report said someone entered the home through an unsecured door, then a side garage door, sometime between 1 and 5 a.m. Stolen was $500 from a man’s wallet, $600 from a pants’ pocket and $200 from a woman’s purse.
Earlier in the week, the sheriff’s office issued an alert following a break-in Jan. 15 on Kessler-Cowlesville Road, in Monroe Township. Deputies report forced entry was gained between noon and 5 p.m. Money and jewelry were stolen.
The department said patrols have been increased and people are asked to report any persons or vehicles out of the ordinary in their neighborhoods.
CRIME TIPS from Miami County Sheriff’s Office
Keep all access doors locked along with vehicle doors
Keep an extra car in the driveway instead of garage to make it appear someone is home
Leave a radio on and make the house appear occupied
If anyone knocks at your door and then has an unreasonable explanation for being there, i.e. “do you know where so and so lives,” “can I use your phone,” “I ran out of gas,” etc., obtain a license plate number and description of vehicle and call 911 immediately. Many daytime burglars will ring or knock first prior to breaking in to make sure no one is home. If someone answers the door they will be nervous and have an unusual reason for being there.
Learn what cars belong at your neighbors and call 911 if any vehicle not seen before is noticed in the driveway. Rural burglars will target those residences that have few neighbors so look out for any unusual vehicle and call 911 immediately.
Keep all valuables inside your residence, do not leave them in the car
At nighttime utilize exterior lighting around your house to deter crime
CALL 911: If you see something, say something