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Dakota County police warn against burglaries during warm up
As temperatures rise, so do burglaries and other related criminal activity, police say.
The Dakota County Chief Deputy Tim Leslie recently released a statement, warning residents to be on the look out. Burglaries in the southern portion of the county have been generally decreasing since 2011, but nearly 40 percent of all burglaries between 2011 and 2014 have been reported in the afternoon, around 2 to 6 p.m.
Leslie offered several tips:
• Lock all doors and windows before leaving or going to bed.
• Leave lights on when you’re gone, or have them on automatic timers for the evening, both in the interior and exterior.
• Always make sure your garage door is closed when leaving the house.
• Install deadbolt locks on exterior doors.
• Sliding glass doors tend to be more vulnerable. Buying special locks and using door stops can provide good security.
• Make sure car doors are locked, and remove any visible money or other valuables. Remove any personal information from the car, too.
When leaving for an extended period of time:
• Let your neighbors know. Ask them to report any suspicious activity immediately to law enforcement.
• Make sure mail and newspapers won’t be delivered while you’re gone.
• Make arrangements to have your lawn cut regularly.
If you’ve been a victim of a burglary:
• Call 911 and wait outside until police arrive.
• Don’t touch or pick up anything, because you could contaminate potential evidence.