Schenectady police alert residents to burglary spree
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. - The Schenectady Police Department would like to alert residents of a recent string of burglaries that have been committed in the North side of the city.
Police say there have been 18 reported burglaries from August 1st to August 19th, which are believed to be all related.
The burglaries have been reported in areas from Union Street north to Seneca Street, from Foster Avenue extending east to Lowell Road. The burglar(s) has been stealing money, laptops, cellphones, and other small electronic devices.
Police say the point of entry has been through a rear or side window, which had been left unlocked by the homeowners. In some of the reported incidents the window screen had been either been cut or removed completely. The burglaries are occurring during the overnight hours when the residents are home asleep.
The incidents are all under investigation and increased patrols are set up in target areas of the city.
Police would like to encourage residents to:
Close and lock their windows, particularly at night;
Set alarms if their house is equipped with one;
Turn on exterior lights, particularly those in the rear of their homes;
Call police immediately if they observe suspicious activity.
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