Police ask residents to report all suspicious activity


At a recent South Bethany Town Council meeting, Sgt. Lee Davis repeatedly told residents to call the South Bethany Police Department if something seems suspicious.

“We’d rather go out 10 times” for a false alarm than miss something “because someone doesn’t want to bug us,” Davis said. “You guys are our eyes and ears.”

After having his home burglarized years ago, resident Mike Matera said he put up a streetlight. Davis agreed that lights, dogs or alarm systems can protect a house.

“Burglaries are happening big-time already. Bethany’s getting crushed by them,” Davis said. “Ocean View, too.”

State law requires pawn shops to take photos of the seller. So people are selling flat-screen TVs straight to drug dealers to cut out the middle man, Davis said.

Lock your doors, lock your windows and don’t leave any valuables out, Davis added. “If anything doesn’t feel right, call us.”

Meanwhile, the Delaware State Police have investigated recent thefts from more than a dozen parked vehicles from Lincoln to Rehoboth. They’re also urging people to lock car doors, roll up windows and not to leave valuables inside vehicles.

People should always call 911 immediately to report suspicious activity. A dispatcher will send the appropriate help.

The South Bethany Police Department is available 24/7, even when officers are on the road, at (302) 539-3996. Davis encouraged residents to call even if they feel a situation doesn’t warrant an emergency 911 call.