New Canaan police are investigating a series of burglaries and burglary attempts that has hit the town in the last few days.

The latest report came July 8 from a Whiffle Tree Lane homeowner who found an exterior screen to a rear window cut open, according to police. The burglar did not enter the home, however, as the window was locked, police said.

The resident said he knows the screen was undamaged July 4 when he hosted a Fourth of July party, according to the report.

Similar burglary attempts were reported last week, including a South Bald Hill Road resident who found a broken glass panel in the rear door of her house July 3 and a Canoe Hill Road woman who noticed July 2 that a window was cracked and the screen doors around the house were open, police said.

In two different incidents, a $200 ring was reported stolen from a Laurel Road home July 1 and several jewelry items were reported taken from a resident also on Whiffle Tree Lane July 5, according to police.

Sgt. Peter Condos said most, if not all, burglaries and attempts likely are connected and police are looking into similar incidents reported in Darien and other surrounding towns.

In a statement, Police Chief Leon Krolikowski asked residents to activate their alarm systems even when leaving the house for a short time, lock all doors and windows, secure all valuables and never leave their keys in the car. He also said residents should report all suspicious persons or vehicles to police by calling 203-594-3500.