HAMPDEN, Mass. (WWLP) – The Hampden police are looking for the public’s help to identify the van or suspect in an attempted house break-in.

According to a news release sent to 22News from Hampden Police Detective Jason Roath, a suspect attempted to break into a home off Somers Road Wednesday afternoon. The homeowner was at the residence at the time and confronted the suspect before he made entry into the home.

The van pictured was driven by the suspect and drove away before police arrived. If you have any information on the van or driver you are asked to contact Detective Roath at 413-566-8011 extension 212.

MAP: Somers Road in Hampden

Tips to prevent home break-ins

According to SecurAmerica, LLC most burglaries occur between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., since that’s a prime time frame when many homes are not occupied. The FBI says a burglary is committed is between 90 seconds and 12 minutes with approximately $2,000 on average worth of items taken.

To prevent or delay a home break-in, consider investing in an alarm system, motion detectors, or surveillance cameras. Make sure your doors are secure and locked, including the garage. A common entry for burglars are sliding glass patio doors. These are not usually reinforced glass and may not have blinds covering the them so the burglar can see inside and easily gain access to the inside of the home.

Check to be sure windows are locked or block the opening of a window no more than six inches so even if a window is left open, the burglar will have a hard time gaining access.

  • Keep ladders, garbage cans, building supplies and tools locked up out of view so you don’t provide an intruder with the means to break into your home.
  • Never put your name on your mailbox. Anyone can call directory assistance, get your number, and find out you aren’t home.
  • Don’t hide a spare key near your front door; burglars know all the hiding places. Leave a spare key with a trusted neighbor instead.
  • Trim shrubs and trees so they do not provide hiding places for an intruder or hide visibility to windows and doors. Remove tree limbs that could allow someone to climb to an upper-story window or balcony.
  • Keep all points of entry to your home well-lit. Consider installing motion sensor lights on the rear and sides of your home and position them in out of reach places so they can’t easily be turned off by a would-be thief.
  • Consider hiding valuables in your kitchen or a child’s room – that’s the last place a bad guy will go; so stash expensive jewelry inside empty cereal boxes or other containers, especially if you will be out of town for a while, or consider a floor safe that is securely bolted to a floor or home structure.

Lastly, never announce going on vacation on social media, even a dishonest social media “friend” may come
visit your home when you are away.