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To limit community spread and promote the health and safety of everyone, over the past week Wake County Commissioners and North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper have issued county and state-wide Stay At Home Orders. In response, the Town of Cary is under a State of Emergency. For more details about the restrictions, please visit HERE. In places where the two orders are in conflict with one another, citizens of Wake County are required to follow the stricter of the two orders. 

As the coronavirus continues to develop, we are all being inundated with updates: some factual, some not so. Unfortunately, times like this bring out the worst in some people.

The following are a few hints from your Community Watch Team.

  • Keep your house and personal belongings safe. Keep your garage doors down. If you have cars parked in your driveway, make sure they are locked and don’t leave personal items in the car.
  • Don’t give out any personal information over the phone or the internet.
  • Ignore online offers for vaccinations and home test kits.
  • As always,  be aware of your surroundings if you have to go out.
  • Most importantly we are under a Stay At Home Order. Any time you are out, please follow social distancing practices.

In searching the internet for factual information regarding steps to be taken during this unchartered pandemic, we found a comprehensive consumer information document prepared by the Federal Trade Commission. We recommend that everyone review it HERE.

Please remember that the Cary Police are here to protect us. You will see more patrols through the community to make sure we are safe. They are also reminding those who are congregating at areas such as the boat ramp and parks about the restrictions.

If you see anything that you feel is out of place or makes you feel uncomfortable, please do not hesitate to contact the Cary Police:

  • Dial 911 for Emergency Assistance
  • Call (919) 469-4012 for Non-Emergency Police response 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

We hope that you stay safe and healthy. Together we can win this battle.

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The Cary Police have notified us that they are seeing a rash of car break-ins occurring in areas close to Lochmere. While they haven’t been notified of any in Lochmere, they have asked us to remind our residents to keep your car doors locked and don’t leave keys and valuables in your car.

As always, be vigilant of your surroundings. If you see anything that you think is suspicious or makes you nervous, do one of two things:

  • Dial 911 for Emergency Assistance
  • Call (919) 469-4012 for Non-Emergency Police response 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

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.

We wanted to remind everyone of the Town of Cary Solicitor Ordinance and also relay some information we received from the Cary Police on the topic.

Members of the Lochmere Community Watch do monitor and other community groups for information that might be helpful for our community. With any information we receive or hear about, we first contact our representatives at the Cary Police before we sent out any information. We want to validate any urgent crime/safety matters with the Cary Police and then forward accurate information to residents. The Cary Police recommends this method.

The District 3 Commander would like to remind everyone of the following:

...we have concerns from time-to-time about people who go door-to-door conducting business without having obtained the appropriate Town of Cary Soliciting Permit. Many of the folks who go door-to-door without the permit do so because they either can’t pass our background check, or they are up to no good from the start. Within just the last few weeks a crew making rounds as an unlicensed tree service stole property from someone’s front porch in the Lochmere area.

A few exceptions to the TOC permit requirement include those who may be visiting to share political, social, or religious information, children who are fundraising for school, selling Girl Scout cookies and such, and non-profits who receive no compensation for their efforts.

The part we love most about Community Watch is the connection and the relationships it builds among neighbors. The more friendly eyes and ears we have in a community, and the more communication we have between the community and the police, the more likely it will be that someone speaks up when something doesn’t look right. We hope everyone will feel comfortable calling the police department, and I’ll do my best to keep you all informed when we see crime trends, or even single incidents, that may be of importance for your community.

A copy of the Town's Solicitor Ordinance, along with an example copy of a permit, can be found on the main Community Watch page: Contact information for the police can also be found on that page.

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 today:


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