- Don’t make your house easy to break into.
- “Lock your damn doors!”
- Don’t leave ladders, tools, or equipment in the yard or on the front porch that could be used to break in.
- Notice people who notice you.
- Burglars and home invaders usually have a very short “planning cycle” for their crimes (typically 0-72 hours from targeting you to acting against you), so spotting signs of trouble early on is vital.
- If you are shopping for a big ticket item or doing a lot of shopping, be mindful of someone paying attention to you in a parking lot.
- Even in social circles, it is best to keep it quiet about things you own or what you have.
- Look for what seems out of place.
- Does a car driving along your street seem out of place in your neighborhood? It very well could be out of place.
Investigators believe that a home on Ridge Street last week was deliberately targeted by robbers.
“We don’t believe it was a random crime of opportunity,” said Lt. Kraig Gray of theGreenwich Police Department. “For whatever reason, they targeted this particular neighborhood, this particular residence.”
During the home invasion, masked intruders, wielding crowbars, made off with thousands of dollars in cash and jewelry after surprising the couple living there, who had retired for the evening. The couple were not injured during the robbery, during which they were tied up.
Gray said he would not speculate on whether the theft was related to other burglaries reported around the Christmas holiday.
Police are looking for three suspects in the Ridge Street robbery, who were described only as black men in their 20s to 30s, with athletic builds. Few other details about the suspects or the home invasion have been released.
People in the quiet neighborhood where the robbery took place were shocked by the invasion. “I’m going to make sure my doors are locked, and I’m going to look into getting an alarm system,” said Andrew Collins, who lives near the scene of the invasion.
“We picked the street on purpose,” added Collins. “It’s such a nice, calm street.”
“It makes everyone a little uneasy,” added neighborhood resident Nancy O’Connor. “It’s a quiet little street. Very scary … ”
Police said the case is being actively investigated.
According to Capt. Mark Kordick, who heads the detective division, a home invasion of this type is “fortunately very rare” in Greenwich.
“The violation of the sanctity of someone’s home is a significant crime and one which our department takes extremely seriously,” said Kordick. “This will be a priority investigation for the division.”
Anyone with any information is being asked to contact the Greenwich Police Department Investigative Tipline at 203-622-3333 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.