Chapel Hill Police Investigating Multiple Break-Ins
The Chapel Hill Police Department is investigating multiple breaking and entering cases within the last week. We’re encouraging you to do a few things to discourage this behavior near you.
“We’re fortunate to live in a very safe community but we’re not immune from crime,” said Chapel Hill Police Chief and Executive Director for Community Safety Chris Blue. “You can do a lot to help us keep you and your neighbors safe. Always lock your vehicles and homes, even when you are there. And encourage your neighbors to do so, too. And, if you ever need us, don’t hesitate to call.”
Secure Your Home
A number of cases have involved unlocked homes. Make sure to secure your home, and activate your alarm system if you have one installed. If you feel unsure whether your home is adequately secured, the Chapel Hill Police Department will come by to perform a free security survey and provide you with ideas to increase your security. Please call the Chapel Hill Police Department at 919-968-2760 for more information.
Hide Your Valuables
Many of these cases have involved larcenies of unidentifiable items like money and some jewelry. Keep valuable belongings out of plain sight, especially if you’re going to be away for an extended period of time. And, it’s still important to document whatever you can. Keep a list of items with their serial numbers in a secure location in your home.
Report Suspicious Activity
Witness accounts can be extremely important to our investigations. If you see something of a criminal nature, take note of what you’re seeing, including a person’s body type, any identifiable features like tattoos or scars, what a person is wearing, and any vehicle in which they may be traveling. Report this information to 911 or the Chapel Hill Police Department at 919-968-2760.
A number of these cases have taken place in the northeast area of Chapel Hill. Any area is subject to this behavior, and we encourage you to watch out for yourself and your neighbors. Other safety measures may include lights on timers at night in your home, especially while you’re away, make sure your yard is maintained to appear as if someone has been by recently, and we invite you to utilize our House Check Program if you’re going to be away for an extended period of time. More information can be found at townofchapelhill.org/Home/Components/News/News/12435/22.