BRANFORD, Conn. (WTNH) -- Police in Branford are investigating a rash of break-ins all across town, and they've sent out an alert to residents.
"Any time we see an uptick in burglary and thefts it becomes an issue and alarm for us," said Captain Geoffrey Morgan.
Roughly 30 home burglaries and car break-ins were reported in a month, alarming enough for Branford Police to issue public bulletin Wednesday.
The car breaks have been spread out, the thieves going after cash and electronic items, such as GPSs. The burglaries have targeted mostly jewelry and other personal effects, some near the center of town.
"Most of the burglaries have occurred in the center of town while thefts from vehicles have predominately been in the Short Beach, Branford Hills and East Main St. and Leetes Island Rd. areas," Capt. Geoffrey Morgan said in a message sent to residents.
The thief or thieves seem to be using the low-tech strategy of going after cars that are unlocked or even with the windows down, but Branford police have some tactics of their own, that you won't find just anywhere.
"Many times we're able to attach suspects or people that are found in the immediate area of burglaries, either before or after a crime, and link them back to a burglary, using the DNA," Morgan explained.
Morgan says Branford is the only police department in the state that uses a DNA database for crimes of this nature, coupled with a data-driven system, to make the town a foolish place for thieves and burglars to ply their trade.
"Certainly, if you're coming to Branford, the likelihood is that you're going to get caught at some particular point," he said.
A faith echoed among the populace.
"Very, very confident," said resident Patty Olexy. "We've always had great dealings with Branford Police. They've always been very forthcoming."
"We have an excellent police department," said resident Lee Thomas. "They're great."
Police suggest you keep your home and car doors locked, and keep anything in your car out of plain sight.
Any suspicious activity should be reported to 203-481-4241, or if it's an emergency call 911.
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