The Nantucket Police Department is investigating and stepping up patrols in the mid-island area following a rash of vehicle break-ins off Old South Road.
Since Sept. 1, there have been at least eight separate incidents in which residents have discovered their vehicles had items stolen or were rummaged through overnight, Nantucket Police Department Lt. Angus MacVicar said. And those were just the incidents reported to police.
The break-ins have occurred at homes located on Greglen Avenue, Amelia Drive, Lovers Lane, Fairgrounds Road, as well as Allens Lane.
"It's definitely more than usual in a short period of time," MacVicar said. "We are certainly aware and alert to what's happening, and paying close attention to those areas and surrounding areas."
MacVicar urged the community to report "any and all things" to the public safety facility's central dispatch non-emergency number (508-228-1212) should they notice something suspicious or believe they have been the victim of a vehicle break-in.
Greglen Avenue resident Kim Sparks, the victim of at least two vehicle break-ins over the past week, said the neighborhood is on high alert after the numerous incidents. Both her car and her husband's car were broken into and rummaged through in separate incidents at the end of September. Then on Oct. 8th, she awoke around 3:30 a.m. after hearing a noise in her driveway and went to inspect the area with her German shepherd. The dog growled when they got outside, and she saw two individuals at the end of her driveway walking toward Old South Road. She couldn't see them clearly enough to get a description.
"We're being more careful and keeping things locked up," Sparks said. "Neighbors are patrolling and keeping on eye on things. The neighborhood is on alert."