Sunday, July 01, 2001

Residents warned of burglaries

Gardening seniors are targeted

By Stephenie Steitzer
Enquirer Contributor

        Senior citizens beware: Burglars are waiting to strike when you slip outside to do your yardwork.

        Police are warning Northern Kentucky residents of a rash of burglaries in the past few weeks and to take precautions.

        “It's the holiday season where a lot of people are on vacation, so be aware of suspicious activity and report it to the police,” Fort Mitchell Police Chief Steve Hensley said.

   To prevent burglaries, police advise:
   • Take a key if you're working outside and lock doors.
   • If possible, take a portable phone outside with you. If you are approached by a stranger, be suspicious. His partner might be inside your home. Do not hesitate to call 911 if you are concerned.
   • Close garage doors and other entries during the day and especially at night.
   • Don't store your jewelry in one location if it is not being worn. Family heirlooms and jewelry should be stored in a safe location, such as a safety deposit box.
   • Don't keep emergency cash in your dresser or box in the closet.
   • If you see suspicious activity, either at your home or a neighbor's, call 911.
        Two homes in Fort Mitchell were struck.

        Chief Hensley said on June 14 a man was working in his yard and noticed a woman walking near the side of his home. He talked to her briefly, but didn't realize until after she left that he had been burglarized.

        In Fort Wright, police are investigating two similar burglaries. In both instances, senior citizens were working in the yard and left their doors unlocked.

        In the first Fort Wright burglary, two neighbors observed suspicious people, but did not call police.

        The suspects in Fort Wright might have been in a red Cadillac with Ohio license plates; two white women, with reddish hair in their 20s, and a white male was in the car.

        The thieves are taking money, jewelry and silverware.

        Police said no one has been hurt in these incidents, but if someone encounters a suspect, that could change.

        Fort Wright police have sent e-mails to residents, advising them of the incidents. In Villa Hills, where three homes were targeted last year, police have cautioned residents in the community's newsletter.


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