Tarboro police stress vigilance after rash of break-ins


Staff Writer

Friday, October 20, 2017

Police are asking residents to be vigil after a string of break-ins in downtown Tarboro.

“We’ve had break-ins of vehicles, residents and businesses in the last week,” said Tarboro Police Lt. R. Mann. “Everyone should take precautions. Lock your car doors. Don’t leave valuables in plain sight. Lock your doors at night and when you leave for work.”

Residents should also make sure their windows are secure and they’ve activated their alarm system if they have one, Mann said.

Most importantly, residents should report suspicious activity and persons.

“Call police at the time you see something,” Mann said. “Try to get a good suspect description. Hair color, hair length. Was the person wearing a hat? That sort of thing.”

Physical security constitutes 90 percent of burglary prevention, according to the N.C. Public Safety Department. If a building is locked and unauthorized entry made difficult, time consuming and conspicuous, then chances of a successful burglary are minimized.

The following recommendations will help prevent burglaries:

■ Locks on all outside entrances and inside security doors should be double-cylinder deadbolts with movable collars. Padlocks should be made of hardened steel and mounted on bolted hasps.

■ Entry doors should be of solid construction, metal lined, and secured with heavy metal crossbars. Door jams must be solid. Exposed hinges should be pinned to prevent removal.

■ Windows should have secure locks and burglar-resistant glass. Lights must provide optimum visibility inside and out.

■ The perimeter must be well-lit, especially around all entry points. Alarm systems should be from a licensed alarm company with a central monitoring station.

■ Safes should be fireproof, burglar resistant, anchored securely and in plain view. Change combinations when anyone with safe access leaves employment.

■ Maintain good visibility. Landscaping, boxes and trash bins near the building can give a criminal cover or access to the roof.

■ Keep accurate records of serial numbers on all items to help in recovery.