|Sheriff’s Department Issues Burglar Alert|
|Written by Nancy Bowman|
|Wednesday, 21 August 2013 00:00|
The Miami County Sheriff’s Department is asking people to be extra alert following a series of daytime residential burglaries in Bethel Township as well as Union and Newton townships.
Deputies said entry often is forced through a residence’s rear door. Among items targeted by intruders are televisions, electronics and jewelry.
Deputies said late last week they are looking for a maroon or red color Plymouth Breeze with Ohio registration FTP9582. They believe this vehicle is involved in the burglaries. The vehicle also has damage to the driver’s door. Anyone who sees this vehicle is asked to call Miami County 911 or their local police agency and provide a location and direction of travel for the vehicle.
Chief Deputy Dave Duchak said the sheriff’s office is increasing patrols in the areas of break-ins and following up on all leads. People are asked to report unknown vehicles in their neighborhood or neighbor’s driveways.
The department also has seen an increase in thefts from vehicles during the nighttime hours in the Staunton Township area near Troy.
The department provided the following crime prevention tips.
* 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. The same goes with calls or hang-up calls. Burglars do not want you to be home when they break-in and will try to make sure no one is home.
* 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 vehicles and call 911 immediately.
* Keep all valuables inside your residence; do not leave them in the car. At night, park car in garage if possible or close to residence in a lighted area.
* At nighttime utilize exterior lighting around your house to deter crime. If you get up in the middle of the night, take a moment to look out your window to observe any persons or vehicles that may be prowling.
* CALL 911: If you see something, say something.