Fitchburg police encourage residents to lock up belongings after string of burglaries

Fitchburg police encourage residents to lock up belongings after string of burglaries

The Fitchburg Police Department is reminding the public to keep personal belongings safe and locked after a string of burglaries early Tuesday morning.

Fitchburg police responded to several reports of burglaries, attempted burglaries and suspicious activities that were concentrated in the area of Pembroke Drive, Restal Street and Marledge Street.

Multiple home surveillance systems captured at least one man walking through backyards and approaching front doors in the area at around 2:30 a.m.

Police said it seemed like the culprit or culprits were searching for unlocked doors and windows. In one case, it seemed like a screen may have been cut to enter through an unlocked window.

As the department continues to investigate the reports, it’s asking for the public’s help by:

Reporting suspicious behavior or activity to the department immediately, either online or by calling 608-270-4300
Checking home surveillance systems for unusual or suspicious activity at the time of the reported burglaries

The department also had reminders for all residents, regardless of where they live, to practice basic crime prevention:

Lock all doors and windows, including the door to the garage and the door from the garage to the home
Keep the garage door closed at all times
Leave outside lights on or utilize motion detecting lights
Keep valuables out of plain sight
Partner with neighbors to prevent crime

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