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Residential Housebreaks on the Rise in Norwood

The Norwood Police Department strongly encourages residents of the Town of Norwood to be aware of anything in their neighborhood that looks out of place.

The following is a press release from the Norwood Police Department:

Like many communities around us, the Town of Norwood has seen an uptick in residential housebreaks over the last four months. Since September 2012, thirty residential breaks to homes have been reported to us. Many remain under investigation. Many of these housebreaks have occurred in the Callahan and Prescott school districts, along with the area of West Border Road. Taken in these housebreaks, are items that are easily concealed by the thieves such as jewelry and small electronics. Also, large screen televisions were stolen in two of the breaks.

The thieves are targeting houses that appear unoccupied or offer them some concealment from the roadway. Often, the thieves knock on doors to learn if anyone is at home. They then take the opportunity to enter if nobody answers. If someone knocks on your door, asks for someone with whom you are not familiar, asks a question you think is random or unusual, or simply makes you feel uncomfortable, we ask you to please call us right away.

Residents are reminded that you should lock all doors and windows when you are not home and use inside and outside lighting to make the house visible. Also, it is best to not have bushes or trees outside their home which obstruct doors and windows and provide concealment thieves.

The Norwood Police Department strongly encourages residents of the Town of Norwood to be aware of anything in their neighborhood that looks out of place. Suspicious activity should be reported immediately to the Norwood Police Department, using 911 for emergencies or 781-440-5100 for non-emergency calls. For more information and crime prevention tips please visit the Norwood Police Department website at www.norwoodma.gov/police.

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