EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

February 13, 2013

Pelham police see increase in daytime burglaries

By John Toole

---- — PELHAM — Police are warning homeowners about an increase in daytime burglaries.

The town has had five residential burglaries in the past month when homeowners were out.

The burglaries happened on Old Lawrence Road, Atwood Road, Applewood Drive, Bush Hill Road and Monticello Drive.

“It’s picking up,” Sgt. Mike Pickles said.

There also have been similar burglaries reported in neighboring Hudson, he said.

Most of the homes have been entered through rear sliding doors.

There have been no arrests.

“We don’t know what is causing it,” Pickles said. “But there is a significant drug problem everywhere.”

Police recommend homeowners lock doors and set alarms to deter burglars.

They also are asking residents to call them if they see suspicious activity, such as a car that doesn’t belong in the neighborhood.

“Anything that doesn’t seem normal,” Pickles said.

Police don’t mind if the call doesn’t amount to anything because they are trying to put a stop to the burglaries, he said.

“Today, we’ve had a lot of calls from people and that’s great,” he said yesterday.

Detailed descriptions of people and vehicles help.

If people can safely get a license plate number, or even part of that number, that will help police, Pickles said.

People can call Pelham police at 635-2411 if they see something unusual.

But don’t necessarily be alarmed by a white sport utility vehicle.

If it’s marked with state Department of Safety shields on the doors and a Department of Safety license plate, that’s just state employees at work updating information for the New Hampshire emergency 911 system.

Police said crew members also will have their E911 photo badges.

They will be around town for the next several weeks, police said.