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Feb 14, 2016 12:55 PM

Dover police warning homeowners after burglars hit 5 homes in February

DOVER — A string of five burglaries this month has Dover police warning homeowners to lock up and take precautions.

According to, the burglar or burglars struck homes on Cote Drive, Hubbard and County Farm Cross roads, Lexington Street and Gladiola Way. Police Lt. Brant Dolleman said the burglaries have similarities, leading him to think they are connected. Without going into details, he said the method of entry was similar in all five.

The spike in Dover comes as other Seacoast communities are seeing a decline in burglaries in recent years. And even with the February spike, Dolleman said the larger trend is downward. In 2012, the city saw 92 break-ins while last year, the number was down to 47.

To protect your home when you are away, police recommend locking the house, keeping lights on at night and being vigilant about suspicious activity in the neighborhood. Another method is to leave a radio on a talk station to mimic the sound of conversation. Residents should suspend newspaper and mail delivery when gone for extended periods.

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