The rash of beachfront house breaks last month prompted Fowler to issue a Code Red phone blast to beach-area residents who had signed up for the department’s robocall program. The call asked residents to be vigilant in reporting suspicious behavior, especially around the beach area. It also informed the public that police were close to making at least one arrest in connection with the thefts.
During the height of the crime wave, police assigned an officer to patrol Salisbury Beach using a four-wheel vehicle. Fowler said the officer was on the beach mainly to look for more vacant homes that may have been victimized by the thieves.