An increase in burglaries in Atlantic City’s Lower Chelsea area has police warning residents to leave on outside lights and lock their homes and cars.
Just after 10 p.m. Sunday, a burglar alarm brought police to the 100 block of South Ridgeway Avenue, where a rear door had been forced open.
A K-9 team found no suspects, but there were burglary tools inside the home, Sgt. Monica McMenamin said.
Nothing was taken, McMenamin said in a statement, “thanks to the immediate arrival of patrol officers and the alarm system.”
The owners, who live out of town, came to the scene and secured the property, McMenamin said.
There has been an increase in the residential burglaries reported along the area that stretches from Albany to Jackson avenues, according to police.
Suspects are taking bicycles, construction equipment and hand tools.
Investigators are observing a pattern that the suspects take advantage of unlocked and unsecured garages, unlocked vehicles, bicycles left outside on porches and in unlocked sheds, McMenamin said.
Residents are urged to call 911 if they see any suspicious activity. Also take note of any suspicious vehicle information, such as color, model, type and license plate number.
Call police at 609-347-5766 or text tip411 (847411) beginning with ACPD. Information may also be called in anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 609-652-1234.