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Recent Burglaries Concerning Willards Residents

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WILLARDS, Md.- Recent burglaries in the small Wicomico County town of Willards have residents there on edge and taking extra steps to protect their homes.

Coming home to find your house has been broken into is a nightmare scenario for homeowners.  That nightmare became a reality for Kitty Leggett of Willards just a few weeks ago.

"It's creepy.  It's really creepy.  We have lived here 29 years and never worried about anything like that.  The bedroom was such a mess and I just felt like everyone, the person, had been touching everything that I owned; it was three weeks before I could sleep in that room again," said Leggett.

Unfortunately, Kitty's story is not uncommon recently in the Willards area.  Chris Albert said her sister was almost a victim herself.

"One night, my sister was laying in bed with her windows up and there was two men to her bedroom window.  And it just so happens that a cop rode by and stopped a car and they left," said Alberts of Willards.

Both the sheriff's office and state police have been called to Willards to handle burglary investigations this summer.  Police say often times, those looking to break into homes will travel through a community looking for signs of an empty house that serve as an easy target.  Taking extra precautions to ensure your house looks occupied should help keep your home safe but police say you should keep an eye on your neighbors home as well.

"We strongly encourage people, especially in our small, close-knit communities to get to know one another and let us know when something is not right.  They know quicker than we do sometimes that something is not right and we don't want them to hesitate to give us a call," said Lt. Tim Robinson of the Wicomico County Sheriff's Office.

Anything to help keeping another home from becoming part of a growing crime trend.

Steps homeowners can take to make their homes appear occupied include having a neighbor bring in your trash cans and mail.  Also, have a porch light on at night, but be sure to turn in off during the day time hours.

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