Police Chief Russ Beatty said Poland Village residents need to be on guard after a rash of burglaries that took place in the village's southwest section. He said investigations are ongoing and progress is being made.
"We've had three burglaries in the past year," Beatty said. "In the last month we've had one burglary and one attempt."
The first break-in came following an attempted burglary on March 17. A second floor window alarm went off at a home in the southwest section of the village and village police responded. They discovered a ladder placed against the side of the house as well as a pair of prescription glasses. Beatty said he is presently awaiting the results of a DNA test on those glasses.
Beatty said burglaries in the village are not a common thing and to have three within a one-year period is rare. While he hopes to find the person responsible, he said property owners can take steps to prevent another one from occurring.
"If you're going away for an extended period of time, call the police department and inform us," he said.
Those whose do call will have their address placed on a secured list. Patrolmen will then do periodic checks on the home to ensure it is secure.
There are other indicators to thieves that Beatty said homeowners should be aware of. Things like leaving mail piling up and having no lights on are a tell-tale sign that no one is home. He also recommended making sure the home alarm system is turned on before leaving. In the case of the March 17 attempt, the alarm had police en route before any break-in could occur.
He also asks that residents report any suspicious activity. He said in many burglaries, the suspect may canvass the neighborhood before attempting a break-in. Any unusual person roaming a neighborhood, especially after dark, should be reported so officers can check them out.
"Pay attention to who is walking around and call police on suspicious people, specifically at night," he said.