Warmer weather has ushered in outdoor activities — and a greater risk of burglary and other property-related crimes.
More than 580 burglaries have been reported to the Omaha Police Department since March 20, the first day of spring, according to crimemapping.com. Comparative data were not available for the same time frame a year ago.
“The opportunity for crime increases because people are much more mobile in the nice weather,” said Bridget Fitzpatrick, a crime prevention specialist with the Police Department. “They might leave garage doors and windows open or leave lawn tools out.”
Most reported burglaries happened midweek, peaking on Thursday, the website said.
There also has been an increase in burglaries in which criminals entered through sliding-glass doors, Fitzpatrick said.
“Burglars take the path of least resistance,” she said. “If all they have to do is go up and jiggle a door, they're in.”
The Omaha Police Department offers these tips to prevent becoming the victim of a burglary:
» Keep windows and doors locked, particularly before leaving the house or going to bed.
» Install motion-activated lights.
» Be wary of home improvement scams.
» Put away tools in a locked storage space.
» Call 911 if people you don't know are outside your home.
» Ask utility representatives to show identification.
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