The Clarkstown Police Department is warning residents of an increase in residential burglaries in the area. In a statement, police said homes that appear to be unoccupied are being targeted both during the day and in the evening and rummaged through. There have been no reports of confrontations between thieves and homeowners, but they are warning residents to be aware. Police suggest making sure your vehicles and homes are locked at all times. If you see any suspicious vehicles, people, or activities, they ask you not to intervene, but call them immediately at 845-639-5800 or 911 in an emergency.
They also shared these tips (below) on how you can protect your homes and valuables:
*Communicate with your neighbors and the police to report any suspicious people, vehicles, or noises.
*Turn on lights to limit any cover of darkness.
*Take part in our 9pm routine: always lock your home/vehicle doors and windows
*Make sure burglar alarms, or video surveillance systems are in working order and set them to activate when they detect motion.
*Once you are alerted, call the police immediately.
*Also, secure money, jewelry, documents and any other valuables in safes, and keep them securely fastened and hidden.
*Be vigilant and look out for your neighbors.
*Be mindful of strange phone calls and unknown people who show up at your door. They may be checking to see if anyone is home.
*Do not use social media sites to inform others of when you will be away from home.