POCOMOKE CITY, Md. - An uptick in burglaries in Pocomoke City has the police force on high alert and they want their residents to be too.
Since January of this year, they have seen over 25 burglaries in the city, over double what it was in 2015.
The city's police department has even hosted a community meeting to make people aware of these burglaries and whomever is responsible, an individual or individuals that seem to be targeting homes.
Police say they do have a person of interest behind many of these crimes.
"We have a person of interest that we're looking at as a result of the current burglaries. Additional man power was brought into the city and patrols and we happened to stop an individual that had a ski mask, gloves, and a flashlight riding a bicycle," says Police Chief William Harden.
In response to the burglaries, the police department is offering home security surveys.
It's where a certified officer who has been trained in doing evaluations on residences gives information on how to make people's homes more secure.
They say if you can delay them just four minutes, the burglars are most likely going to get frustrated and leave.
"The key is lighting and keep your property open like I said trimming bushes so that they can't hide behind a bush to force your window open, so lighting and locking your doors," explains Sgt. Hazel Beachamp.
Pocomoke City police say they're not the only ones that can provide free home surveys.
If you'd like to see if your home is as safe as possible, reach out to your local police department to find out what they can do to help.
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