Police have provided more details on the rash of recent burglaries within Naperville where thieves have targeted jewelry, cash and electronics.
Since the beginning of August, police have reported 29 residential burglaries - the majority of which have occurred in a 20-square-mile radius in south Naperville as well as an an area north of Ogden Avenue, according to police.
Police said thieves have targeted a number of occupied homes both during the day as well as overnight while homeowners were sleeping.
"A large number of these incidents are occurring without force entry," according to police.
After issuing several advisories within the past month, police have received 628 calls of suspicious persons or incidents and have made 882 traffic stops, according to police.
An investigation into the burglaries is ongoing, but police believe three to four groups of thieves are working separately. Police said they will continue to provide updates to residents as they become available.
"We are actively investigating all the incidents and are in the neighborhoods in marked and unmarked vehicles," according to the Naperville Police Department. "As with any investigation, we are utilizing all of our tactics to catch these criminals."
Here are some things residents can do to help:
- Lock your doors and windows.
- Make sure your garage door is closed.
- Put your indoor and outdoor lights on timers to give the appearance that the home is occupied.
- Be a vigilant neighbor; if you notice something out of the ordinary call the Police.
- Don’t pass along unverified information.
- Notify the Police in a timely manner.