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Dec. 16, 2013 Press Release: Police are warning business owners, particularly restaurants, of an increase in overnight burglaries.
Over the past month, thieves have burglarized seven Branford businesses, in an attempt to steal cash. Five burglaries occurred over this past weekend. Other similar burglaries have been reported in other communities in the region.
Predominately, restaurants along the Route 1 corridor have been targeted and entry has been made through rear doors. Most of the business had commercial burglary alarms and in one of the cases the alarm was defeated. Additionally, three of the businesses had a video surveillance systems.
Police believe the suspects are two males and they were operating a silver or grey pick-up truck, possibly a Dodge.
Burglary Prevention Tips:
Do not leave any cash in the register or hidden in your business.
Ensure that all doors and windows are secure when leaving for the evening.
Upgrade old or defective doors and door locks.
Install proper lighting at the exterior of your business, especially at entrances and exits.
Provide proper interior night lighting with open visual access through windows.
Ensure all alarms and video surveillance systems are operating properly.
Always pay attention to customers or suspicious people who may be canvassing your establishment during business hours.
Report any suspicious activity to police immediately.
Remember, “If you see something, say something”
Anyone having information is asked to call Branford Police at 203-481-4241