Southborough police say home break-ins on the rise again

The Southborough Police Department said on its Facebook page today that five homes and one business have been broken into in the past couple of weeks, saying the incidents represent a “steady increase” in burglary activity around town.

Homes on Parkerville Road, Gilmore Road, Boston Road, Richards Road, and Overlook Drive have been broken into recently. Police said in each case force was used to enter the home, and the break-ins appear to have taken place at some point during the day. A business on Turnpike Road was also broken into and several offices were ransacked.

Police say they have stepped up neighborhood patrols, but ask residents to be vigilant in reporting suspicious behavior.

“If you see someone walking around your neighbor’s house while they are not at home; give us a call. If you see someone waiting to be picked up in a neighbor’s driveway; give us a call. If you have anyone come to your door advertising a business (attic work, driveway seal-coating, etc.); give us a call. Sometimes this technique is used as a back-up plan if someone answers the door at a house that they intend to break into,” the department said on Facebook.

Police said residents should look for anything unique that would help identify the suspicious person or vehicle, such as license plates, vehicle color, a description of a person including clothing, stickers or advertisements on vehicles, and the direction of travel after leaving the area.

A string of home break-ins late last summer had many residents on edge, with police reporting at least nine home burglaries during a 6-week period in August and September. While no arrests were made in the crimes, police said increased police interest likely helped end the streak.

For tips on safeguarding your property, see this post. To report suspicious activity, contact the Southborough Police Department at 508-485-2121.

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