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Vigilance required to curb robberies in the Killington community

Dear Editor,

As we transition from the winter to summer months we, as law enforcement, would like to remind you of important pointers regarding property break-ins and burglaries. There has been an increase in reported burglaries this season and we will be partaking in a number of enforcement tactics to help curb these crimes. Two examples are, but not limited to, altering and increasing patrol times and locations, and to continue working with other law enforcement agencies with patrols and information sharing. It will take a community-wide effort to help curb these crimes, and we ask for you as citizens to assist.

You can help by:
• Make your home look occupied and make it difficult to break in.
• Consider a burglar alarm. Include audible and video/picture surveillance. This will give law enforcement a good starting point.
• Lock all outside doors and windows before you leave or go to bed.
• Leave lights on when you go out. If you are going to be away for a length of time, connect some lamps with automatic timers to turn on in the evening and off during the day.
• Close and lock garage doors.
• Secure vacant rental or foreclosure properties from copper thefts by using a padlock and chain security device and alarm/video. Have a reputable management company or neighbor check property regularly and at different times.
• Arrange with the United States Postal Service to hold your mail or arrange for a friend or neighbor to pick them up regularly.
• Arrange for your lawn to be mowed by a trusted individual while you are gone for an extended time.
• Push button locks on doorknobs are easy for burglars to open. Replace them with deadbolt locks.
• Make sure your property is well lit. Have adequate exterior security lighting. A motion-sensitive light is recommended for backyards.
• Be a good neighbor. If you notice anything suspicious in your neighborhood, call 9-1-1 immediately. Make sure you get the description of the vehicle and include the plate number and state.
• Never hide a key outside or in an exterior building.
• Write down the license plate numbers of any suspicious vehicles..
• Note the physical descriptions of any suspicious person(s).
• Trim trees and shrubs so that they cannot be used as hiding places for intruders or robbers.
• Be vigilant, pay attention to detail and report any suspicious activity to law enforcement.
• Know who to contact: Always call 911 for emergency, for non-emergencies call state dispatch: 773- 9101, who will call out to the closest officer to respond.

Thank you,
Whit Montgomery, 1st Constable Killington Police Department