By Kendall Downing
FISHERS (Oct. 23, 2014) – Thieves are specifically targeting jewelry and they’re not afraid to strike during the daytime.
Fishers police put out a crime alert, encouraging residents to be aware and secure their possessions.
"The thieves were targeting jewelry because it's easy to transport. It's easy to conceal, and it's easy to trade for other things like drugs," said Sgt. Tom Weger, with Fishers police.
In the past couple of days, Weger said police have responded to two daytime burglaries. One happened near 96th Street and Olio Road in Fishers, the other in the Geist area, along Fall Creek Road in Marion County.
"During the daytime burglaries, people are targeting homes when they believe people are not at home, people are at work, at school," he said.
Carly Howard lives near 96th and Olio. She and her family just moved in six months ago. She said in her neighborhood, people watch out for each other.
"I feel like there's a camaraderie here," said Howard.
Weger said homeowners should lock up their valuables in a small safe. Even logging what you have can be a good idea. But most importantly, police said, stay alert.
"I think about in the evening where I put my purse, see if it's visible, I think about anything that could be visible to them," said Howard.
It's a truth Carly Howard knows, you are never fully secure even in your own home.
"You're not safe anywhere. You really do have to look over your shoulder and protect yourself, protect your family, protect your neighbors," she said.
Fishers Police do put out crime alerts. You can sign up to receive those online. You can also get information about their Crime Watch program, where officers keep tabs with residents in various neighborhoods. Click here to be directed to their site.
They also provided the following home safety tips:
- Install exterior lights at all entrances. Consider motion detector lights.
- Install a wide-angle viewer on all exterior doors.
- Check who is at the door and do not open the door to anyone you don’t know.
- Install good locks on all doors and windows. Use those locks!
- Be sure locks on doors and windows can be opened quickly in case of fire.
- Leave a light on when you are not home. If you are on vacation, use a timer to control lighting.
- Don’t hide keys outside.
- Remove house keys from your keychain when your car is serviced.
- Talk with trusted neighbors. Keep an eye on their house and ask them to watch yours.
- Stop mail and newspaper delivery when you are away.
- Install an alarm system that will detect entry and notify police.
- Have your lawn mowed and snow shoveled when away.
- Close garage doors at night.
- Keep trees and bushes trimmed. Do not let plants block doors and windows.
Fishers police said anyone who spots suspicious activity should call 911.