WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)-- A string of robberies has residents in West Hartford on edge. The scary part, police say the thieves are breaking in while the homeowners are inside.
"We have had two in the past week, which is really unusual," said Cpt. Donald Melanson,West Hartford Police Department.
It's a quiet neighborhood where that bump in the night is just the wind or the cat. But in West Hartford, police say they have had about a half dozen burglaries, where the thieves are targeting houses while the owners are at home.
"That is the great thing about this neighborhood is that we do is talk to each other and let each other know what we have heard, and that sharing of info is important," said a resident.
The thieves hit a home on Steel Street as recent as Wednesday night and as far back as last spring. Police have broadened their investigation, adding more night patrols and other security measures not visible to the public.
People in the neighborhood are doing their part as well.
"I know what a number of us have is started putting more motion sensor lights on and putting them up high, locking up ladders, things like that," said a resident.
Several people in the neighborhood were leery to talk on camera. They were concerned for their safety and police say if you take all of the precautions to keep yourself safe, it should work because these thieves are looking for a crime of opportunity.
"They are not looking for a confrontation. They are confident in their ability to stay quiet and get in and out. And if they are confronted, they would leave," said Melanson.
Police say if you wake up to hear a burglar in your home, confronting them is the last thing you should do.
"You never know what their motives are and their capabilities verses your capabilities. Any time you confront someone, you are really rolling the dice.
If there is a burglar in your home:
- If in a room, close the door
-Yell "We know you are here!"
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