LIVERMORE -- Eight daytime home burglaries this week prompted an urgent request Friday from Livermore police for residents to be alert.
Two homes in the 700 block of Debra Street were hit, as were homes in the 100 and 500 blocks of El Caminito, police spokeswoman Officer Traci Rebiejo said. Also burglarized were homes in the 5500 block of Charlotte Way, 1100 block of Essex Street, 900 block of Wagoner Drive and 4000 block of Capriconus Avenue.
One of the burglaries occurred Sunday, and the rest were clustered between Monday and Wednesday, Rebiejo said. Police do not have any suspects and don't know if the burglaries were committed by the same individual or group of people.
Rebiejo said the "totally brazen" burglaries should serve as a warning to be cautious when opening doors. Should the doorbell ring, residents should talk loudly through the door and through a nearby window, Rebiejo said.
They also should secure doors, windows and the garage no matter the weather; use residential lighting and motion detectors, if possible; and remove shrubbery that obscures their inside view of doors and windows, Rebiejo said.
Perhaps most important, they should get to know their surroundings.
"We really need neighbors talking to their neighbors," she said. "Get to know each other. Get familiar with the cars that belong on your block and the people that belong on your block."
No injuries have been reported in any of the burglaries, which seem to have been executed in one of two ways, Rebiejo said.
In one scenario, police believe burglars have entered neighborhoods under the guise of peddling supplies or services, noted the addresses where residents don't answer the door, then returned the next day to commit the break-ins, Rebiejo said. In those cases, suspects forced their way into the residence either by kicking open a door or breaking a window if there's no answer at the door.
In another scenario, the thieves have knocked on the front door, waited for a response, then entered the home through the backyard when nobody answers, Rebiejo said. Homeowners who answer the door have been asked if a particular individual is at home, Rebiejo said. When told, "No," they leave, she said.
Any suspicious activity should be reported, Rebiejo said. A description of any suspicious people -- their sex, race, height, weight, hair color and clothing -- as well as any license plate numbers, descriptions of vehicles and in which direction the person is headed are helpful, she said.
Police said residents can start a Neighborhood Watch program, established in tandem with Livermore police, by calling 925-371-4978.
Contact Rick Hurd at 925-945-4789 and follow him at Twitter.com/3rdERH.