Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


April 24, 2014

Homeowners on alert; Break-ins prompt police powwow

West Andover Break-ins prompt police powwow


“If you see that, give us a call,” he said.

Others wanted to know about security systems and dogs and whether they would thwart a would-be burglar.

“They are a deterrent,” Higginbottom said. “Do people still kick in the door and leave? Yes. Sometimes they’ll grab something and leave.”

By the time police arrive, they are gone.

In other cases, a dog or an alarm sounding will serve as a deterrent and prompt the perpetrators to depart.

For children who may be home alone, he said, a good thing to do when the doorbell rings or someone knocks at the door is to go to a window, preferably on the second floor, with a phone in hand, and look outside. If the person sees that someone is home, and that they are on the phone, most of the time they will just leave.

“Why break into that home when I can go down the street and break into another home where nobody’s home?” he said, conveying the possible thinking of a potential burglar.

Higginbottom said he was surprised by the turnout for last week’s meeting, and in fact had made only 50 copies of a handout offering tips for residents to make their homes safer.

“We weren’t expecting this many people,” he said after the meeting.

He credited organizers for putting details about the meeting out through Facebook and email.

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