community watch from bill metcalfIt has been reported by the Cary Police Department that over the past few weeks some Lochmere residents have become the victims of residential break-ins.   These crimes have occurred at different times of day: Some during the daytime and others during the evening hours.

The following information was received by Lochmere Community Watch last evening from the Cary Police Department:

  • “There were three residential burglaries over the Christmas holiday in the Lochmere area. Homes were targeted on Wallsburg Court, Strathburg Lane, and Lochside Drive. These three homes were all located within a short distance of one another.”
  • “Each of the homeowners had been away for the holiday and returned to find damage. One case involved a rear door kick-in, one was a basement window entry and the third was a side-garage door entry. Thieves targeted mostly jewelry, but also stole a handgun from one of the homes. Valuable electronics were surprisingly left behind.”
  • “Information regarding these burglaries has been shared among each of the District-3 patrol teams and investigators are reviewing the cases. Leads are limited, but one resident mentioned seeing a black Toyota Camry in the area that looked suspicious. No tag or occupant information was given.”

The Cary Police Department is seeking everyone’s help in reducing the number of burglaries.

Some tips from them include:

  • Burglaries do happen in the daylight hours.
  • Make your home look occupied and make it difficult to break in.
  • Lock all outside doors and windows before your leave the house or go to bed.
  • Even if you are going to be gone for a short time, lock your doors.
  • Keep your garage door closed and locked. If you leave your garage door open, lock the door going into the house. An unlocked door is an invitation to thieves.

The Cary Police suggests that residents consider installing an alarm system with motion sensors for your property. It is an excellent option to keep your home secure and will provide homeowners peace of mind. Also you should consider installing motion-activated lights on the exterior of your home to illuminate your property. Many of these lights can be linked to cameras and your mobile devices.

The Cary Police Department offers crime prevention assessments to all Cary residents and businesses at no cost. These assessments use the concept of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) to provide crime prevention tips and recommendations on how to remedy possible security vulneratbilities. To schedule as assessment, contact Cpl. Donna Monkovich-Pell at (919) 469-4324.

We strongly suggest that if you haven’t had one of these assessments, you schedule one soon. From those of us who have had an assessment, you will be surprised at how easy it is to make your home more secure.

Most importantly, you need to be aware of what is going on in your neighborhood. If you see any suspicious activity or unfamiliar vehicles or pedestrians, you need to report it immediately to the Cary Police Department at 911. For Non-Emergency Police Response 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, please call 919-469-4012.

You have checked all the windows to make sure they are closed and locked, doubled-checked the doors, let the neighbors know you are going out of town, informed the mail so it does not pile up and activated all the passive security systems in your home.

However, one area is often overlooked as you pull out of your garage and leave: The garage you just left. A modern-day garage is a prime spot for thieves to gain access to your home. 

garage door

There are three basic types of garages that your home may have and each one requires its own safety measures. The first two are attached garages, and they can be divided into two categories: The front of the house garage that faces the street and the rear garage, which is out of view from the street.

The third type of garage is the detached garage. It is particularly dangerous if this type of garage is not secured properly because it offers a staging ground for thieves to enter the premises.

Here are a few pieces of advice that will help you protect your home:

Use Your Garage. Park your car in the garage when it is not being used or if you are leaving by other means. Many people leave their garage door remote in their car, and all it takes is something like a broken window in your car to give a thief access to your home. To combat this, you can also make sure to remove the remote if you leave your car outside of the garage.

Disable the Electric Motor. If you are leaving for an extended period of time, detach your electric garage door opener. This is usually a very simple thing to do. Most electric garage door openers have a rope or chain you pull down to disconnect the electric motor from the chain that operates the door. This protects you in two ways: First, if a thief used a frequency scanning device to obtain your code, it will be of no use since it is not operable. Second, it would require a thief to physically go to the door, which the neighbors could see.

Bolt It. Use a manual sliding bolt-style lock on the inside of your garage door that can only be opened from the inside.

Keep It In Good Condition. Make sure the garage door is properly functioning and that there is no damage to the panels through which a thief could access your home.

Keep It Contained. Do not leave important items in the garage and make sure to lock the door to your home. If thieves do break into the garage, you want to make sure that is all they can access. Place a deadbolt and anti-kick device on the door that leads to the garage.

The Same Goes for Detached Garages. For the detached garage, make sure you follow the same principles as if it was connected to your home. If the garage is out of view from the street where neighbors could spot a break-in, these rules become even more essential. Most importantly, do not keep valuables in your garage.

Courtesy of our Community Services Sergeant at the Cary Police, Jeremy Burgin: 

Cary’s Swap Spot is Your Place to Complete Internet Transactions


Created by popular demand, the Town of Cary now has designated public parking spaces to complete legal transactions for items purchased/sold online or for other legal exchanges. Dubbed ‘Swap Spot’ and marked with a blue and green oversized sign, the area is located behind the Town of Cary Police Department near the Cash Points ATM, 120 Wilkinson Avenue; they are under 24/7 video monitoring. As always, residents may also use the Police Department Lobby as a safe place to exchange items weekdays from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. For internet transaction safety tips and for more information, search “Swap Spot” at www.townofcary.org or call (919) 469-4019. 

PRIMARY CONTACTS: 
Toni Dezomits, Assistant Police Chief – Professional Standards Bureau, (919) 460-4922 
Deanna Boone, Deputy Public Information Officer, (919) 462-3908 
Susan Moran, Public Information Director, (919) 380-4240

Please see below for a message from our Community Services Sergeant at the Cary Police Department.  We heard about a recent burglary in the Birkhaven section of Lochmere and asked the police to give us more details.  He posted this on nextdoor.com today:

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Good afternoon Cary residents. I am Sergeant Jeremy Burgin, your Community Services Sergeant. The purpose of my post today is to make neighbors aware of a recent burglary trend that is currently impacting neighborhoods near Wimbledon, Lochmere, and Glenridge. 

Over the past two days, we've experienced four residential burglaries that may be related. The burglaries are occurring during the day and typically involve the suspect(s) breaking a rear glass door and forcibly entering the home to steal jewelry. While most homes were unoccupied, there was an instance where someone was home when the burglar entered an unlocked front door. There have been no injuries reported during this trend. 

We need you to help us combat this abrupt spike in home break-ins: 

• Be vigilant, immediately reporting suspicious or unfamiliar vehicles and pedestrians to police by calling 911. 
• Schedule a home safety inspection, a free service offered by the Town of Cary. A police officer will go on location to identify physical weaknesses in and around a home and offer low-cost suggestions to improve safety and security. Call (919) 469-4324 or email me directly to schedule this service. 
• Make sure that all doors, windows, and skylights are secured and check locks regularly to ensure they remain in good working order. While no lock is burglar proof, the more difficult it is to gain entry, the longer it will take, which increases the chances of burglars’ getting caught. 
• Use variable light timers and motion-sensitive lights to activate lighting in and around your home. 
• If utilizing an alarm system, make sure to have clearly visible signage stating the premises is protected by an alarm and set video systems to record day and nighttime activity. 
• Ensure valuables are not visible from the street, especially high-end electronics. 
• Come to our Public Safety Day on May 15 and mingle with those in your community. Meeting your neighbors is one of the best ways to keep your street safe, and Town of Cary police officers are available to attend and share safety and crime prevention tips.

Please contact me via email or phone with any questions or comments you may have. 

Jeremy D Burgin 
Community Services Sergeant 
Project PHOENIX 
Cary Police Department 
120 Wilkinson Ave - P.O. Box 8005 
Cary, NC 27512-8005 
919-469-4324

Ready Cary"In support of North Carolina’s Severe Weather Preparedness Week, the Town of Cary is launching a new reverse 911 system administered by Wake County called ReadyWake. From boil water notices to critical safety information, ReadyWake notifies Cary residents, business owners and employees in both the Wake and Chatham county portions of Cary as well as Cary utility customers in Cary, Morrisville and RTP when there is an imminent threat to life, health or property.

To register, visit www.readywake.com; enter the address you’d like to be notified about in the event of an emergency—home, work, school, etc. – along with your contact information and message preferences.

For full details, search "Ready Cary" at www.townofcary.org

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