Burglary Spree Prompts Warning From Police

Similarities seen, but no definitive links in rash of break-ins.

A series of buglaries over the past three months has led Stony Point police to issue a warning to homeowners, urging them to take some basic safety precautions.

Lt. Keith Williams said Stony Point, including Tomkins Cove, has had six burglaries and two attempted burglaries from Feb. 16 to April 25. Williams noted that there have been similarities in some of the burglaries, but that there are no definitive links to the crimes.

Stony Point police suggest homeowners take some basic precautions to make their homes less vulnerable to burglars:

- Always lock your doors; use a deadbolt if one is attached.

- If your home has an alarm system, use it. Make sure the system is activated.

- Try not to follow the exact same routine every day; if possible, don't use the same pattern when you leave home and when you return.

- Don't keep valuables in the master bedroom. That's the first place burglars check.

- Report any suspicious activity around your home; in Stony Point, call 845-786-2744. Police say they'd rather check out something suspicious and have it turn out to be a false alarm instead of not getting the call and missing a chance at stopping a crime.

In Stony Point, police ask that anyone with information about the recent burglaries call town detectives at 845-786-2626.

Throughout Rockland County, in the case of an emergency dial 911.


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