Town of Brookfield
Public Safety Advisory Committee
APRIL PUBLIC SAFETY MESSAGE
Spring is a time when owners of seasonal dwellings, camps and other structures often discover that they have been broken into, items stolen and/or damage done. This does not necessarily mean that the property was attacked in the Spring. Thieves and vandals could have struck anytime since the last time the owner(s) visited the property.
If you are unfortunate enough to discover your property has been broken into, we suggest you contact the police promptly. This is important for at least two reasons.
- If the police are willing and able to do a thorough investigation, they may discover forensic evidence such as foot wear impressions, finger prints, etc. which may lead to an arrest and possible recovery of some or all your stolen property. The thieves or vandals might be required by the court to make restitution for damages.
- Insurance Companies generally require claims to be supported by police reports.
If you arrive at the property and it appears that the culprits are still at or in the property, retreat a safe distance and call 911. Do not try to make a citizen’s arrest. Your property is not worth suffering an injury.
If the break in does not appear to be fresh, you may not need to call 911. You could call the State Police at 802-234-9933 or the Orange County Sheriff’s Department at 802-685-4875.
Once any police investigation has occurred, you should take photos or video of the damage done to your property to support your claims to your insurance company. If you have previously made an inventory of your property, determining accurately what is missing will be much easier. It is important not to add things into your claim that were not stolen or damaged. If the culprits are caught and property is recovered, it will not look good to either the police or the insurance company if it appears that you attempted to defraud the insurance company.
We hope that you have not been broken into this Spring but we encourage you to do a thorough inventory of your property supported by photos or video before this happens to you.
Brookfield Public Safety Advisory Committee
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Emergency and Other Important Numbers
TOWN CLERK 276-3352
TOWN CONSTABLE (for animal control) Kevin Joyal 249-9561
TOWN GARAGE 276-3090
State Police Dispatch 234-9933
White River Valley Ambulance 802-234-6800
Northfield Ambulance 485-8550
Orange County Sheriff 685-4875
Vermont State Police 234-9933
Williamstown Rescue Unit 476-4111
Brookfield Elementary School 276-3153
Randolph Union High School 728-3397
Randolph Technical Career Center 728-9595