Police are warning residents in the Del Webb subdivision in Huntley after multiple homes have been burglarized by suspects who forced their way into the residences.
The Huntley Police Department said there have been three burglaries reported in the subdivision from December 26 through January 24.
In all cases, the offenders forced entry to the front door while the residents were not home.
“These incidents seem to follow the pattern of similar residential burglaries that have occurred by organized groups in the past, particularly in Sun City. It is likely they will return to attempt entry to other houses,” Huntley police said.
Officials say the suspect or suspects appear to canvass the neighborhood, watching for residents to leave their homes before making entry to steal cash and jewelry.
Police urge residents to be alert to any suspicious activity and call 911 to report the suspicious activity.
“We have increased patrols in the area to address this issue. We also ask that you call 9-1-1 as soon as you see suspicious activity so we can send officers to investigate in a timely fashion,” Huntley police said.
Authorities say that doorbell cameras and visible security systems are the best deterrents.
“This technology has become quite affordable and easy to install and use. We recommend this safety step for all our residents,” Huntley police added.
Authorities recommend that residents leave a television, radio or lights on while leaving for short trips and for longer trips use a light timer to mimic the appearance of an occupied home.
Residents can contact the Huntley Police Department for a free home security survey.