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Multiple Home Break-ins in West Kent County, Del

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Kent County, Del. - Several home have been broken into in West Kent County, Delaware in what could be related crimes, according to Delaware State Police. The break-ins occurred over the past few weeks in West Dover, Smyrna, and Clayton.

Various handguns were taken from the five homes burglarized in the rural areas. Due to that, investigators have suggested it is possible the victims know the suspects. The unknown number of suspects also took jewelry, electronic devices, and cash. The break-ins occurred primarily in daytime hours, when the occupants were not at home.

If anyone has information regarding the break-ins, they are encouraged to contact Detective J. Dear at 302-698-8540. 

Delaware State Police offered the following tips for homeowners to help prevent break-ins:

  • 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.
  • Pushbutton 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
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