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Police Probe Home Burglaries in Western Kent County

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WESTERN KENT COUNTY, Del.- Delaware State Police are investigating a recent rash of residential burglaries in western Kent County, to include West Dover, Clayton and Smyrna.

Police said that over the past few weeks, an undetermined number of suspects broke into at least five different homes and removed various handguns from the owners. The suspects also stole items ranging from jewelry, electronic devices, and cash.  These break-ins occurred primarily during the daylight hours when the occupants were away from home, according to police. 

Police urge people to utilize the following tips:

- Make your home look occupied, and make it difficult to break in.

- Lock all outside doors and windows before you leave the house or go to bed. Even if it is for a short time, lock your doors.

- Leave lights on when you go out. If you are going to be away for a length of time, connect some lamps to automatic timers to turn them on in the evening and off during the day.

- Keep your garage door closed and locked.

- Don’t allow daily deliveries of mail, newspapers or flyers build up while you are away. Arrange with the Post Office to hold your mail, or arrange for a friend or neighbor to take them regularly.

- Arrange for your lawn to be mowed if you are going away for an extended time.

- Check your locks on doors and windows and replace them with secure devices as necessary.

- Push button locks on doorknobs are easy for burglars to open. Install deadbolt locks on all your outside doors.

- Sliding glass doors are vulnerable. Special locks are available for better security.

- Other windows may need better locks. Check with a locksmith or hardware store for alternatives.

- Trim trees and shrubs so that they cannot be used as hiding places for intruders.

- Make sure your door hinges are on the inside.

- Report any suspicious activity to 9-1-1 immediately.

Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to contact Detective J. Dear at (302) 698-8540. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the internet at www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com, or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword “DSP.”

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