Police warn to be on the lookout for home burglaries

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(WEAU) - The Eau Claire Police Department is warning people to be on the look-out for home burglaries with college students getting ready to head home for the holidays.

It says officers have been investigating a series of home burglaries in the college district over the last 9 years. In the past, it says the burglar has taken a pillowcase and filled it with frozen food, canned goods, sports memorabilia, and loose change.

Listed below are some tips the Eau Claire Police Department has on how to avoid having your home targeted.

Eau Claire Police Department Press Release

Over the last nine years the Eau Claire Police Department has been investigating a series of connected residential burglaries within the college district. The suspect burglar has forced entry into college rental properties and burglarized their homes while the tenants were away during the Holiday Season. Please take the time to take the proper preventative measures to ensure that you are not a victim of a burglary. Additionally, the Eau Claire Police Department is asking for your help in capturing this burglar that has victimized many homes for many years. Be a good neighbor and call the Eau Claire Police Department if you see anything suspicious.

The Eau Claire Police Department learned that the suspect burglar developed a pattern to return to the same homes that he or she has targeted in the past. The burglar would remove a pillowcase from a bedroom and fill it with frozen food, canned goods, sports memorabilia, toiletry items, and loose change. Therefore, earning the nickname "The Pillow Case Bandit". Over the course of nine years "The Pillow Case Bandit" has burglarized over 65 homes.

-Keep all windows and doors locked.
-Create an illusion that you are home: o Leave a radio playing.
-Leave a few lights on. Automatic timers can be used to vary the on/off pattern of interior lights when you are away.
-Install exterior motion flood lights to the front and back of your home.

If leaving for an extended period of time:
-Ask a trusted neighbor and friend to keep an eye on your home.
-Ask a neighbor or friend to pick up your mail or ask the post office to hold your mail.
-Ask a neighbor or friend to keep your driveway and sidewalk clear of snow.
-Stop newspaper deliveries.
-Keep some shades and blinds up and curtains open to maintain a normal, everyday appearance in your residence.

-Strategically install motion cameras in your home while you are away.
-Be a good neighbor and watch out for each other.

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