A message from the Rochester Police Department.
The Rochester Police Department would like to make all residents aware of an emerging crime pattern in the southeast portion of the city. There has been a sharp spike in the number of burglaries during the past few weeks, particularly in PSA’s 29 (North Winton Village and Browncroft), 31 and 32.
These burglaries have occurred both overnight and during daylight hours. In many cases, the criminals have gained entry to residences and garages through unlocked doors and windows. In some cases, the criminal has entered while the residents were inside the home.
Burglars typically target electronics, jewelry, cash and other small items of value in residences, and bikes, snow blowers lawn mowers and tools from garages.
It is critical that you keep your doors and windows locked, including garages and sheds. This applies even when you are at home.
Unfortunately we do not have a description of the suspect(s) or vehicles at this time.
We need your help to solve these crimes. Please report any suspicious activity immediately! Call 911
If you have any information regarding these incidents, please call the East Division office (428-9800) as soon as possible.
Additionally, we would like to remind all city residents to follow these basic tips to deter crime:
1. Report to 911 immediately all suspicious activity such as persons loitering, going door to door, or the sound of glass breaking.
2. Report suspicious vehicles circling your neighborhood or parking while occupied for long periods.
3. Report any attempt to break into your house, garage or vehicle, such as cuts on your window screens near the locks, broken auto glass or rummaging through your car.
4. Never leave items of any value in your car unattended.
5. Keep your doors, windows and garages locked when not at home (even when in the yard or at a neighbors).
6. Install and use deadbolt locks on all exterior doors.
7. Notify a neighbor when you are going to be away.
8. Discontinue newspaper delivery when going on vacation.
9. Keep outside lights on all night AND use motion sensor lights all around your home.
10. Trim shrubs to deny burglars a hiding place, especially shrubs around windows.
11. Lock up ladders and trash toters where they cannot be used by a burglar.
12. Don’t leave returnable cans etc. out for the “homeless”.
13. Never open your door for a stranger.
Be a good neighbor…watch your neighbors’ property.
Contact your Crime Prevention Officer at the Neighborhood Service Center to schedule a free home security survey.