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Police Warn of Sudden Burglary Increase

By Potomac Local News October 19, 2012 12:06 pm

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Police in the Woodbridge and Triangle areas are warning residents about a rash of burglaries in their neighborhoods. More from a press release:

RESIDENTIAL BURGLARIES

There have been recent reports of residential burglaries in the South Woodbridge and Dumfries/Triangle areas between Sept. 13 and Oct. 16, 2012. The times vary; however a large number have been during the workday hours. The affected streets are: Uppsala Court, Flotsam Lane, Gloucester Court, Chesapeake Drive, Oak Tree Lane, Clancy Drive, Stonewall Manor Drive, Cabin Road, Sapling Way and Old Triangle Road.

Noticeable forced entry was used in only three of the burglaries; the majority of the cases involved no sign of forced entry or an unlocked/open entry point.

Remember:

Keep all doors and windows locked, even if at home.

If you hear something, do not investigate. Go to a safe room in your home, call the police (911) and stay on the line.

Be on the lookout for suspicious persons or activity during the day as well as during evening hours.

REPORT all suspicious persons or activity to the police.

What do I do if I am the victim of a burglary?

Do not enter the house.

Call the police immediately.

While waiting for the police do not touch anything or allow anyone to enter your home.

What can I do to help prevent a burglary?

If your community has a Neighborhood Watch, volunteer to participate. If your community does not have one, start one.

The most important thing you can do is call the police to report a crime or any suspicious activity. You are the eyes and ears for your community.