Police use technology to warn of recent burglaries near Lititz

Residents are urged to be vigilant after a series of residential burglaries in Warwick Township.

According to police, three homes were entered overnight Monday while the residents were asleep.

Incidents occurred in the same general area — 100 block of Woodland Avenue, 100 block of Irish Place and 600 block of West Third Street.

There were no signs of forced entry at any of the homes, according to David Steffen, Northern Lancaster County Regional police chief.

Various electronic items, valued at $1,500, were taken, he added.

Steffen said none of the residents awoke during the incidents and said the burglaries were discovered in the morning. Police said the crimes occurred between 11 p.m. Monday and 6 a.m. Tuesday.

Residents are being warned about the burglaries via a portable electronic sign board on Woodland Avenue.

“This type of crime is particularly offensive since it intrudes on the most personal sanctuary of most citizens — their home,” Steffen said.

“It is a crime that investigators take very seriously and (we’ll) use whatever resources and techniques that are available to identify, arrest and aggressively prosecute the offenders involved. ”

Steffen said he doesn’t believe any other police department in the county has used an electronic board to alert citizens to crimes, but said it was a tool used in York County where he worked previously.

“It’s a quick and easy way to get the message out, plus it’s cost-effective,” Steffen said, noting that police already own the solar-powered equipment that is typically used for traffic alerts.

The current message on the sign alerts residents to the burglaries and urges them to call 911 if they see something suspicious. Steffen said the sign likely will remain in place through Thursday.

Police ask anyone with information about the incidents to contact them at 733-0965 or via the department web page at www.nlcrpd.org.

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