2008-06-27 / Front Page

Lock Your Doors!

Burglary 'Pattern' Hits West End
By Nicholas Briano

Leaving your front door unlocked increases the possibility of a burglar hitting your home, police officials at the 100 Precinct in Rockaway Beach warn, adding that nothing else makes it easier for an intruder to enter and take your prized belongings than an unlocked door.

While most people lock their doors in today's climate of criminality, there seems to be a good number who do not, leading to what police call "a burglary pattern" in the west end of the Rockaway Peninsula.

According to police, four homes have been ripped off in the past two weeks. In three of those cases, the residents had left their doors unlocked.

The burglaries, all of which have taken place in the daytime, have occurred on the quiet blocks of Beach 119 Street, Beach 123 Street, Beach 126 Street and Beach 134 Street.

Police sources declined to provide specific addresses or a list of what was taken from each home, although they did say that they have no witnesses and that the trespassers have taken only jewelry and cash from the four homes.

Although there is no concrete evidence, police believe that the four burglaries are most likely connected to the same group of burglars.

Police officials from the 100 Precinct urge everyone in the area to make sure their homes are completely locked up when they leave and to call the precinct house at 718-318-4223 if they witness any suspicious activity taking place near their homes.

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