AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – Amherst Chief of Police Scott P. Livingstone is warning the community to protect their local residences during winter break.
According to the Amherst Police Department, during this time of the year, burglaries are more likely to occur. Police said the majority of thefts are made through unlocked doors and windows.
Police will be patrolling neighborhoods and student housing areas — because students heading back home for the holiday break can also be at risk.
“I know a lot of my roommates, suitemates since they are in doubles, they just leave the door open for the other person to come in so I assume they are vulnerable during that time,” said Redwan Rahman, a UMass Amherst student.
Police are asking you to report anything you might consider suspicious. They also recommend that you don’t post when and where you’re going on social media. Criminals could have access to that information.
To help spread awareness to community members, the Amherst Police Department created the STOP initiative:
S. Secure all doors and windows. A quick check of your residence before departing is possibly the best way to protect your belongings during fall and winter breaks.
T. Take your valuables with you. Highly valuable items such as electronics, jewelry, and game systems should be taken with you if possible.
O. Out of sight. Keep all of your valuables out of sight. Valuable items in plain view can attract the attention of a thief and make you a target.
P. Patrols. The Amherst Police Department will be utilizing directed patrols in an effort to deter/apprehend any offenders during the breaks. These directed patrols will include plain clothes officers on foot in and around areas of student housing.
“Whenever I leave my room I just lock the doors because I have all my valuables in there like my computers and stuff, Umass student, Redwan Rahman said.
If you notice any suspicious activity, you are asked to call 413-259-3000.