HAMDEN, Conn. (WTNH)-- Police in Hamden are investigating after nighttime burglaries at homes that happened while the homeowners were asleep.
Some families with small children. They're very brazen with someone breaking in while folks are sleeping.
Three homes hit in the less than a week. Now neighbors are rethinking sleeping with windows open.
Pat Copley has lived there more than 60 years.
"Totally surprised," said Copley.
It started a week ago on Paradise Avenue.
News 8 spoke to a Hamden resident after he woke up to things missing. The thief broke a screen then, used an open door and got away with cash.
"You feel violated. You do. There's no doubt about it," he said.
On September 22, at 4 in the morning, a neighbor on Tod Street.
"The homeowner woke up to the sound of his barking dog. Upon searching the area, he found his basement window broken," said Capt. Ronald Smith, Hamden Police Department.
That same morning, 2 hours later it wasn't a good morning for an elderly woman who found a similar scene.
"Her basement window was broken and someone was in her basement," said Smith.
Luckily no one has been hurt in any of these instances.
Police say not just valuables are missing, but so are the suspects and detectives are trying to find them. Investigators and neighbors agree this part of Hamden is not usually a target for criminals.
"We are kind of a distance from the New Haven area and Hamden area we are kind of in the North end kind of widespread, so I didn't think about having that problem," said Copley.
Police say over the summer they had a slew of similar crimes in the southern part of Hamden, but they caught those criminals.
When it comes to protecting yourself there are a few things you can do. First off, make sure you have a light on that can be a deterrent. Also, cut the shrubs by your window so you can always see out of them, and lastly, make sure your windows are locked especially on the first floor.
So far, no arrests in this case.
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