GRAFTON, Mass. — Grafton police are warning residents to be on the lookout for suspicious activity in their neighborhoods after an increase in daytime house break-ins.
Over the past month, police have investigated break-ins in several areas, including Stowe Road, North Street, Merriam Road, George Hill Road and Adams Road, Police Chief Normand Crepeau Jr. said.
"In most instances, the intruder entered the home through an open or unlocked door or window," Crepeau said.
Jewelry and electronics, including laptop computers and televisions, have been reported stolen. The break-ins are occurring between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., when the residents are away.
Residents should make sure their doors are locked and ground floor windows, including basement and garage windows, are secured, Crepeau said. Windows should be closed because screens are easily removed or cut to allow access, he added.
Any suspicious activity should be reported to the Grafton Police Department immediately at 508-839-5343. Suspicious activity may include strangers walking on or near a neighbor's property or looking into windows or a vehicle driving slowly though a neighborhood and pulling into a driveway then quickly leaving when approached.
"Do not hesitate to call 911 if you feel a crime is in progress," Crepeau said.
Police ask that residents who call provide a description of the individuals, including approximate age, height, build, hair color and clothing. Important vehicle information includes the make, model, color, style and, if possible, license plate number.