The trustees recently sat down with Doug Swanson, of Swan Electric, to discuss their options, which may include the installation of security cameras as well as motion detectors and alarms. Trustees chair Carolyn Palmer said that while the trustees will be looking at two estimates from Swan, the events that have led to these recent measures are a shame.
“A library should be treated like a church,” said Palmer. “A library is a source of information and a meeting place for the entire community. If we have to start watching closely everyone who goes in and goes out it loses that community feeling.”
Two burglaries have been reported to the police department, one on April 30, and another on July 22. According to Palmer, cash was stolen during both incidents, the July 22 theft resulting in a loss of approximately $70.
Wilmington Police Chief Joe Szarejko said that the burglar(s) entered the building through a side window at least once; however he would not say whether either of the incidents involved forced entry.
Szarejko also said his department has a suspect, but the case is still under investigation.
Chief Szarejko said that the burglaries serve as a reminder that even in a small community like Wilmington there are people who have no problem stealing from their neighbors.
“The people who do these things do them strictly for personal gain,” said Szarejko, “That’s what they do. You and I go to work and they steal.”
Szarejko also said that while we live in a very safe community, business owners still need to take precautions to look out for themselves and their property. “When you leave your buildings make sure your windows and doors are locked; don’t make it easy for people to get in. We’ve had no burglaries in some time now, and it’s not a coincidence that certain people are in jail. This is a safe town. We have some problems here like anywhere, but the majority are good, hard-working people.”