Howard Co. police caution residents about burglaries Businesses also targeted during holiday weekend

December 24, 1997|By Del Quentin Wilber | Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF

Howard County police, concerned about a spate of burglaries that occurred during Thanksgiving weekend, are asking residents to take extra precautions during the coming holidays.

"We stress that neighbors should be helping neighbors," said Sgt. Steven E. Keller, spokesman for the Howard County police. "This is the time of year people are away and people need to take precautions."

During the Thanksgiving holiday, at least 12 houses were burglarized in Howard County, many in western Howard, according to police crime reports. Police said they made arrests in several of those crimes.

Keller recommended that residents have neighbors pick up mail and newspapers, shovel driveways, take out trash and check their homes.

"You really want to make your home look lived in," Keller said.

Keller pointed to sliding glass doors as a vulnerable spot and recommending locks and bars that keep the doors from being pried open. But residents aren't the only ones who should worry about burglaries.

During the holiday weekend, burglars also target businesses, said Sgt. Lee C. Lachman, who heads the southern district's crimes against property section.

Lachman said business owners should inspect their shops once a day or have someone else stop by.

"You don't want to leave a business for an entire weekend without having someone come by to check on it," Lachman said. "You should also make sure you turn on the alarm."

Pub Date: 12/24/97

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