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- Vigilance required to curb robberies in the Killington community
As we transition from the winter to summer months we, as law
enforcement, would like to remind you of important pointers
regarding property break-ins and burglaries. There has been an
increase in reported burglaries this season and we will be
partaking in a number of enforcement tactics to help curb these
crimes. Two examples are, but not limited to, altering and
increasing patrol times and locations, and to continue working with
other law enforcement agencies with patrols and information
sharing. It will take a community-wide effort to help curb these
crimes, and we ask for you as citizens to assist.
You can help by:
• Make your home look occupied and make it difficult to break
• Consider a burglar alarm. Include audible and video/picture
surveillance. This will give law enforcement a good starting
• Lock all outside doors and windows before you leave or go to
• Leave lights on when you go out. If you are going to be away for
a length of time, connect some lamps with automatic timers to turn
on in the evening and off during the day.
• Close and lock garage doors.
• Secure vacant rental or foreclosure properties from copper thefts
by using a padlock and chain security device and alarm/video. Have
a reputable management company or neighbor check property regularly
and at different times.
• Arrange with the United States Postal Service to hold your mail
or arrange for a friend or neighbor to pick them up
• Arrange for your lawn to be mowed by a trusted individual while
you are gone for an extended time.
• Push button locks on doorknobs are easy for burglars to open.
Replace them with deadbolt locks.
• Make sure your property is well lit. Have adequate exterior
security lighting. A motion-sensitive light is recommended for
• Be a good neighbor. If you notice anything suspicious in your
neighborhood, call 9-1-1 immediately. Make sure you get the
description of the vehicle and include the plate number and
• Never hide a key outside or in an exterior building.
• Write down the license plate numbers of any suspicious
• Note the physical descriptions of any suspicious person(s).
• Trim trees and shrubs so that they cannot be used as hiding
places for intruders or robbers.
• Be vigilant, pay attention to detail and report any suspicious
activity to law enforcement.
• Know who to contact: Always call 911 for emergency, for
non-emergencies call state dispatch: 773- 9101, who will call out
to the closest officer to respond.
Whit Montgomery, 1st Constable Killington Police Department