CARY — Town officials on Friday said that a recent rash of mostly daytime break-ins of homes has resulted in a double digit spike in burglaries.
Now, law enforcement officials are advising residents to be on the alert for suspicious activity in their neighborhoods and asking that they immediately relay any information that might lead to arrests in the case.
Although some of the homes have been occupied at the time of the break-ins, no injuries have been reported.
The month long burglary spree began June 16 and have continued through this week, with the latest being reported on Tuesday, town officials reported in a news release.
So far, 31 break-ins have been reported from all over the city, officials said.
Investigators say the thieves typically strike during the daytime hours and have gained entry into the homes by prying open locked doors or windows. The thieves take jewelry, cash, video games and electronics.
The break-ins have accounted for a 14 percent increase in home and business burglaries in Cary this year, authorities said.
Residents are advised to immediately report suspicious people in the neighborhood or unfamiliar cars by calling 911.
The city is also offering a free home safety inspection in which a police officer would visit the residence to identify physical weaknesses in or around the home. The officers will also offer to residents low cost suggestions to improve their homes security and safety, according to the release.
Residents are encouraged to use the best possible locks for all doors, windows and skylights and install motion-sensitive lights to automatically activate lighting in their homes.
Anyone with information about the burglaries should call the Cary Police Department at 919-469-4012 or Cary Crime Stoppers at 919-226-2746 Crime Stoppers pays up to $2,500 for information leading to the arrest or indictment of those responsible for committing certain types of crimes. All calls will be kept confidential at the callers request.