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Shores Police Chief Offers Tips for Vacation

The Grosse Pointe Shores Director of Public Safety offers a variety of tips to residents in the wake of three burglaries this month in which vacant homes are being targeted.

As the investigation into three home burglaries in Grosse Pointe Shores continues, the Director of Public Safety, John Schulte, offers some tips for residents who may be away from their homes for extended time. 

There have been three burglaries police believe are related and have been committed by the same group of people. Shores police have asked residents to call 911 if they see anything suspicious as the suspects are believed to be casing homes during the day and returning at night--focusing on homes where they believe no one is home. 

Schulte included a list of recommendations for residents as preventative measures, including:

  • notifying the department of public safety of vacations or extended absences from the house by calling 881-5500
  • keeping alarms in good working order; notifying the department of public safety in the case of an accidental false alarm but recognizing an officer will still respond to ensure everything is in order
  • stopping mail and newspaper delivery for extended time away
  • using interior lighting with timers to alternate area of home lit at different times of the day
  • maintain snow removal or lawn care throughout vacations or extended absences
  • notify the department of public safety of your return

Additionally, Schulte is reminding residents to avoid leaving their cars running and unattended to warm-up on cold mornings.

Paul Trombley January 31, 2013 at 01:08 PM
Good recommendations except you may be better off having a trusted friend collect the mail and newspaper. When "holds" are put on the mail and newspaper how many people in the information chain are informed that you are away?
Chris K January 31, 2013 at 02:22 PM
Thank you, Chief. How about hosting a crime prevention program on your cable channel or the Grosse Pointe War Memorial channel with and your fellow chiefs' of police. We could all use the education and there may be some things we as a community can do to prevent crime with your leadership.
James Gerardi January 31, 2013 at 03:11 PM
Paul has a good point. I've never "stopped" mail or the newspaper for that reason. You have no way of knowing who knows you're away, and the idea is not to let anyone know -- except people you know and trust. Go the neighbor route, and offer to do the same for them when they're away.
Frank Walshingham January 31, 2013 at 03:19 PM
I see now why the GP realtors want to be able to post road side for sale signs in the Shores. If you are not secure in your own home and this is what you have to do to be safe in one of Metro Detroit's most exclusive suburbs, then many residents are just going to want to hit the road! One of the tangible benefits of the Shores joining Macomb County was that Mark Hackel promised the availability of the Macomb County Sheriff's office to provide additional patrols of the Shores area, and to support the local cops in any way the county could. Aren't two sets of eyes better than one? Its become clear residents don't feel safe with the status quo, that's for sure. With the 2012 crime wave, it is high time for city council to reevaluate the move to Macomb option. It is a crying shame that Councilman Schulte's efforts to get this issue to the voters at the last election was kibboshed by the Mayor Ted, Councillady Felt and all the other council members. Now the chickens are coming home to roost.
walden schmidt January 31, 2013 at 07:16 PM
That's a great suggestion. There was a story on the national news about a burgulary ring that used lists of vacationing newspaper subscribers to ransack homes and steal $1 million of property. Plus, how do you stop the people that leave handbills?
Nancy Z. January 31, 2013 at 07:43 PM
I will never put a hold on my mail again. In August 2009 when I was living in a GPP rental, I put my mail on hold when I went on vacation for a week. In September, I started getting multiple default notices from credit cards, utility company--pretty much everybody. I thought I had lost my marbles... In December 2009, I got married and my husband and I moved to our current home in GPP. In February 2010 I was sitting on my couch when I heard a substantial *THUMP* in my front hallway. It was the sound of the mail being dumped through the slot, including all of the mail from my August vacation, which had apparently followed me to my new address 6 months later. The Fox Creek Post Office branch never did have a satisfactory explanation for this. We're having a neighbor collect our mail when we go out of town now.
Todd February 11, 2013 at 08:57 PM
I'm pretty sure Wayne Co. has to approve. And they cant possibly let the high rent district escape. Who will pay for those crazy indictment-proof pensions after the Feds get done poking around. It isn't Morningside or East English Village... I promise you that.

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