Suburban burglaries strike Bucks County

LOWER SOUTHAMPTON, Pa. - December 4, 2008 Nine daytime house burglaries have happened in just the past month in Lower Southampton Township, and lawmen are issuing both warnings and advice.

Action news reporter nora muchanic has the full story tonight.

Lower Southampton police are alerting residents to make sure they lock up their homes and the valuables they keep inside.

"Jewelry, loose change, loose cash, iPods, cameras, no big items, things that they can carry and get away with," Chief Bill Wiegman said.

Police say the thieves, likely teenagers, are entering through unlocked windows and doors. Cpl. Ray Young told Action News some of the mistakes that are making homeowners vulnerable.

"It's a good idea to make sure your garage door is locked. There's an access to the house through the garage.

Another easy access is these rear sliding doors. We want them to realize that it's important for your own safety and your family's safety that these things are locked," Cpl. Young said.

Laurie Tell lives in the Oakford section of town. Her neighbor was one of those robbed.

"It did make me nervous. I started worrying about locking my doors more," Tell said.

"I think it's pretty brazen to do something like that during the day. There's a lot of people home during the day here," George Whiteley of Trevose, Pa. said.

Police say it's important that neighbors watch out for each other and call them immediately if there's something out of the ordinary.

"That's what we're here for, but if we don't get the calls, there's not much we can do," Chief Wiegman said.

"We always keep an eye out for each other…We were away and the neighbors watched our house. Maybe I need to buy a dog," Jesse Levy of Feasterville, Pa. said.

Cops are looking for leads in the burglaries and stepping up neighborhood patrols.

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