Police are reporting that two homes in Elmhurst were burglarized recently.
A home on the 200 block of North Walnut was broken into between 9 a.m. Sept. 8 and 2:45 p.m. Sept. 14, while the owner was on vacation. The victim said the back door of the residence was pried open, several rooms were disturbed and various jewelry was taken. Damage to the door is $300, but an estimate of the value of the jewelry was not reported.
Another residential burglary was reported on the 200 block of East Cayuga. Between 3 and 4 p.m. Sept. 14, someone entered the home and took a computer. No sign of forced entry was found, and loss is estimated at $400.
Residents are encouraged to take the following precautions to keep from being victimized:
- Set your burglar alarm every time you leave home.
- Obtain security system signs or decals for windows and doors.
- Make sure when you leave home you lock all windows and doors.
- Install interior/exterior motion detection lighting.
- Use interior lighting and timers.
- Watch for suspicious people and vehicles that do not belong in your neighborhood and call 911 with license plate numbers and any physical descriptions.
- Trust your instincts. If it does not look right, it probably isn't. Call 911.
- Most residential burglaries are committed during daylight hours when homeowners are away at work or school. If you are going to be away until late afternoon or early evening, use both interior and exterior lighting.
- If you have a newspaper delivered, remove your paper from the driveway.
- Always lock your vehicle with all windows up, including when it is parked at home. Vehicle burglary is very common on the victim's own driveway.
- Make note of suspicious activity, such as vehicles that are occupied for lengthy periods of time, and call 911. If possible, obtain a license plate of the suspicious vehicle and NEVER confront these people. Never feel it is a bother or is not important; the police will gladly check things out.