Wednesday evening, the Norwalk Police issued the following alert to residents:
The Norwalk Police Department Detective Bureau is seeing an increase in residential burglaries that specifically target Indian and Pakistani families. The perpetrators appear to be well organized and have an understanding of the Indian and Pakistani cultures. They seem to be aware of when the families are not at home and take advantage of the fact that these homes either have no alarm systems or have systems that are not activated. Some homes have been burglarized more than once. The group is stealing primarily gold jewelry, diamond jewelry and cash. They are taking the time necessary to uncover hiding places in the homes and leaving little evidence of their identities.
While burglaries cannot always be prevented, it is possible to make your home a less likely target. Therefore, the Norwalk Police Department is making the following recommendations.
-Do not use social media sites to inform others of when you will be away from home.
-Do not share this information with those who do not need to know.
-Always lock your doors and windows.
-Always activate your burglar alarm, even if you will only be away for a short time.
-If possible, install a security video system.
-Do not keep large amounts of jewelry or cash in your home. Use safe deposit boxes to protect your valuables. Do not rely on hiding places in your home.
- Be mindful of strange phone calls and unknown people who show up at your door. They may be checking to see if anyone is home.
- Notify the police of any suspicious incident.
Anyone with information regarding these crimes or having questions is asked to contact Detective Jim Thompson at 203-854-3184.
Norwalk Police Department Contact Info:
Norwalk Police Tip Line at 203-854-3111
Anonymous Internet tips can be sent to Norwalk Police website at: www.norwalkpd.com
Anonymous text tips can be submitted by typing "NPD" into the text field, followed by the message, and sending it to CRIMES (274637).