CARY — The town is asking residents to be vigilant in the wake of several residential break-ins.
From June 16 to July 16, Cary police responded to reports of 31 home break-ins, according to the town. Cary has seen a 14 percent spike in total residential and commercial burglaries this year.
Most of the crimes occurred during the day, and suspects pried open locked doors or windows to enter. In some cases, residents were home during the break-ins, but no one was hurt.
Jewelry, cash, video games and electronics have been reported stolen.
Cary officials urge residents to immediately report suspicious or unfamiliar vehicles and pedestrians to police. They also encourage people to lock their doors, to make sure locks are working properly and to use motion-activated lights.
Neighborhoods can also form block parties as part of National Night Out on Aug. 6, which celebrates safety and crime prevention.
Also, the town offers free home safety inspections, in which a police officer checks for safety and security concerns.
Anyone with information about the break-ins should call Cary police at 919-469-4012 or Cary Crime Stoppers at 919-226-2746.