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Law enforcement warns community to remain aware after recent string of home burglaries

Beloit Police Department said the number of home burglaries rose 10% in the last year.
Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 5:49 PM CDT
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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - A recent string of home burglaries in Beloit cast a spotlight on law enforcement, who warn the community to remain vigilant. First responders and home security experts offered tips on how to stay safe.

“You think about security, and it’s top of mind,” said Per Mar Security Sales Director, Brian Ciasoncha. “But until something happens, a lot of people don’t want to do something.”

Brian Ciasoncha is the Director of Sales at Per Mar Security in Loves Park. As long as he’s been with the company, he said people install home security systems for a variety of reasons.

“I actually had an experience back in the day, where somebody didn’t have a system,” Ciasoncha said. “They decided it was time to get one, and within weeks, somebody tried to break into the house.”

It was perfect timing, Ciasoncha said, but not everyone is so lucky.

“If you remember, we had a case earlier this year, where someone was taken advantage of for a large amount of money,” said Beloit Police Chief, Andre Sales.

Beloit Police Chief Andre Sales said home burglaries in Rock County rose 10% in the last year.

“They’re going around on a daily basis, scoping out homes, scoping out businesses and seeing who’s vulnerable,” said Sayles.

Sayles said burglary is a crime of opportunity. It can happen to anyone, anywhere at anytime.

“One of the biggest things is, with the mask mandates we were under people use those as opportunities to mask their identity,” Sayles said.

But there are ways to make yourself less of a target. Like installing home security systems.

“Make your home well lit. Make your house look like it’s not uninhabited,” said Sayles. “Make sure you have sturdy locks on your doors.”

And don’t use social media to announce that you are, or will be going on vacation.

“It’s important to be proactive and do something so something doesn’t happen,” said Ciasoncha.

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