Sgt. Kevin McQuaid said the family reported arriving home around 10:30 p.m. Friday to find the front door unlocked and the glass patio door slightly ajar. The residents were certain they had locked the doors before leaving, he said.
Although the homeowner reported spotting possible pry marks on the front door, Sgt. Mike Fisher said police saw no signs of forced entry or footprints near the home, located in the 16000 block of Lexington.
Clothing and jewelry were reported missing from the home, according to police.
McQuaid the incident is the only burglary reported in the neighborhood in the last six months.
"It's not something that's a common occurrence, but it does happen," he said. According to the police department's most recent annual report, there were 31 reported burglaries in 2012, and 130 reported motor vehicle burglaries.
The incident was enough to prompt at least one neighbor to post his concerns on Patch. "Why is their no information from the Plainfield Police sent to the Patch to let others in this neighborhood know of a potential problem?," resident Thomas Gierich wrote.
Take precautionsTo avoid becoming victim of a burglary, McQuaid said homeowners can take steps like installing dead bolts on doors and making sure sliding doors are equipped with some type of block to keep the door from being fully opened.
If possible, leave lights on while not at home, and if you'll be away for a while, consider asking a neighbor to check on the house for you, he said.
Residents can also stop by the Plainfield Police Department, 14300 S. Coil Plus Dr., to request vacation house checks. Residents can fill out a form to have police check the home at least once per day while they're away.
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