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Belmont Police are investigating 3 burglaries early Monday morning

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The houses are located on Adams Street, Madison Street and Watson Road.

Belmont Police are asking residents to remain vigilant after a series of break-ins this week. An unidentified suspect broke into three homes early Monday morning, according to a statement from the Belmont Police Department.

The houses are located on Adams Street, Madison Street and Watson Road. Police said the suspect appeared to be walking through backyards in order to move from house to house inconspicuously. A short security camera video clip posted to Facebook by the department showed a person walking slowly down an aisle while wearing a mask and hat.

The suspect is cutting screens to gain access to homes through open windows or front doors that are unlocked, police said. The person is likely targeting electronics and other valuables. Four laptops were stolen, the statement said.

Belmont Police are increasing directed patrol activity in the area where the incidents occurred, and detectives are working full time on the case, the statement said.

Residents should keep an eye out for anyone parking in front of homes and then walking down streets or around corners, police said. They should also take note of any strangers seen wandering into neighbors’ homes or backyards.

“Criminals often monitor residents’ entry/exit patterns and often strike while people are at work during the day or on vacation,” the statement said.

For investigative information only, individuals should contact BPD detectives at 617-993-2550. For any other concerns, they should call 617-993-2501.

The following advice was offered by Belmont Police:

  • Use sturdy doors, such as solid wood reinforced with steel. These offer more protection than hollow core wooden doors.
  • Use quality deadbolt locks, these cannot be “popped” like a spring lock can.
  • Always lock first floor windows.
  • Those with security systems should place highly visible security decals on their property as they act as a deterrent to criminals.
  • The exterior door should always be locked in a multi-unit building. Criminals who have passed through an exterior door will have more time and privacy to pass through the interior doors.
  • Turn on front and back porch lights at dusk.
  • If leaving a home unattended, residents should turn on a radio or use timers on interior lights to make it look like someone is staying in the house.
  • More importantly, police said, make introductions to neighbors. Consider having a neighbor or friend watch the house when you’re out of town.



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