How to prevent a break-in this holiday season

Most house break-ins happen at night

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LONGMEADOW, Mass. (WWLP) – Two people were arrested for six house break-ins that occurred within 10 days in Longmeadow. Isreal Pena, 23, of Ledyard Street in Springfield was arrested in connection to some of those break-ins after police sorted through pawn shop records. A 17-year-old was also linked to one of the breaks through physical evidence left behind.

Now police are still warning residents that the season for break-ins isn’t over. “I feel like the two arrests that happened should like stop it though for a while because it happened when people were breaking in so I feel safer,” Teah Garibian, of Longmeadow said.

In comparison to last year house break-ins in the city of Springfield are down 19% in the last 28 days, 22% in the last 7 days and overall from the month of January until this week down 26%. However, it’s no reason to let your guard down. Police are warning you to take precautions to prevent house breaks.

Most house break-ins happen at night:

  • Police urge you to be vigilant, take note of strangers in the neighborhood.
  • Use protective measures, alarms and motion lights
  • Don’t advertise your presents. Rip up that television or electronics box that you leave in the trash by the curb.  Theives will notice.
  • Let your neighbors or police know when you’ll be away.

Ali Shehan, of Southwick told 22News, “I feel like it should be on people’s minds just because we need to be careful. We need to be safe because there are people like that, that are out there around the holiday season.”

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