A rash of five burglaries since the first of the year including three Friday prompted Deerfield Police Chief John Sliozis to email Village citizens and make a plea for civic vigilance at Monday’s Village Board of Trustees meeting.
“Five may not seem like a lot in some places but it’s five times as many as last year,” Sliozis said. “We ask for the community to help by keeping their eyes open in their neighborhoods. If you see something or someone let us know.”
Between 6:15 and 7 p.m. Friday there was a forced entry through the lower level of a home in the 1400 block of Ambleside and between 5 and 7:20 p.m. Friday a person entered a home in the same block through a rear door. Between 4:15 and 7:30 p.m. Friday a person climbed through a rear door of a home in the 600 block of Amberside.
“Mostly small items like jewelry were taken,” Sliozis said. “There have been some electronics taken as well.”
There were also two burglaries Jan. 18 and 19. Someone broke into a home in the 1700 block of We-Go G Trail between 9:30 a.m. and 11:40 p.m. Jan. 18 through a rear ground floor window. A home in the 600 block of Timber Hill was burglarized through a basement window between 4 p.m. Jan. 18 and 10:30 a.m. Jan. 19.
Police recommend people protect their homes by locking all doors with deadbolts, leaving interior light illuminated, using exterior lighting, activating an alarm if there is one, cancel mail and newspaper deliveries when away for an extended time, place “Beware of Dog” signs outside the home and be wary of suspicious persons or cars when you leave home.
Sliozis also encouraged people to watch each others’ homes. “Be a good neighbor,” he said. “Watch your neighbor’s home when they are gone and ask them to watch your home.”