Police in Rockland County are advising residents to take extra precautions as they investigate a rash of daytime burglaries in the last week.
Thieves have targeted unoccupied homes in Nanuet and New City during normal working hours, taking cash and jewelry, according to Clarkstown Police. The burglaries have occurred on different streets in different neighborhoods.
Rose Bernardin, who lives in Nanuet, said her family has felt so safe in their neighborhood that it wasn't unusual to leave the front door unlocked for short periods. After learning of the burglaries, she vowed that would change.
"That surprised me, because it's a good neighborhood," said Bernardin.
Sgt. JoAnne Fratianni of Clarkstown Police said it was still too early to tell if the break-ins are connected but because of the unusual spike in a week's time, police are urging residents to use caution.
Residents should make sure all windows and doors are locked, and never leave their homes completely dark. They should also remain vigilant, and call police if they observe suspicious cars or people.