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Worcester Police Department
Friday May 10th, 2013 :: 03:43 p.m. EDT


Residents should be advised that burglaries are on the rise in the city.

Residents should be advised that burglaries are on the rise in the city. Over the first four months of this year, residential and commercial break-ins are up 9.7% over the same time period last year. There were 536 motor vehicle break-ins reported as of May 1, 2013, which is a 17% increase over the same time period last year.

Recently, there have been a number of motor vehicle break-ins reported in the downtown area. In some cases, the thieves have targeted electronics, including GPS and iPods.

In March and April there were numerous commercial breaks reported in the area of Madison Street and Summer Street. The majority of these breaks were reported on Tuesday and Thursday, most likely the incidents took place Monday night into Tuesday morning and Wednesday night into Thursday morning.

Some arrests have been made recently but residents should always be vigilant and take precautions.

-Keep laptop computers, and other portable electronics, out of sight of windows and doors

-Secure valuables

-Lock your doors

-Report any suspicious or unusual activity in your neighborhood

-Lights programmed to a timer are useful to give the appearance of the residence being occupied

-Motion detection lights outside of the dwelling can also create the illusion that someone is home

- Natural surveillance, meaning keep entryways to your home visible to prevent people from being able to sneak up. Low shrubs in front of windows remove additional covering for thieves if they attempt to break in through one.

-Park in a well-lit area

-Target hardening, meaning structural security, such as deadbolts and double-paned windows.

-Commercial buildings should consider the use of surveillance cameras

-Invest in an alarm system

To report incidents in your neighborhood, you can send an anonymous text to 274637 TIPWPD + your message or send an anonymous web based message at Calls can also be made to the Worcester Police Detective Bureau at (508) 799-865.

Worcester Police Department
9-11 Lincoln Square
Worcester, MA 01608

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 508-799-8600

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