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Sheriff’s Office advises residents to lock homes, cars amid rash of local burglaries

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A recent rash of burglaries has Summit County Sheriff’s Office advising residents to lock their homes and vehicles.

Since Halloween weekend, Sheriff’s deputies have responded to about 15 reported burglary and theft cases, according to an SCSO press release.

“Each one of these instances involved a situation where the house or automobile was left unlocked,” Sheriff John Minor said in a press release. “In times of economic difficulties, burglaries and larcenies seem to increase – and Summit County is no exception.”

Breckenridge Police Department has also reported an increase in burglaries this fall.

Here are a few of the tips the Sheriff’s Office offers for avoiding loss of property:

– Always lock your car and take the keys, even if you’ll be gone a short time.

– Never leave an identification tag on your key ring. If your keys are lost or stolen, it could help a thief locate your car or burglarize your home.

– Lock tempting valuables in the trunk of your car.

– Make sure your home or business has metal or 1 3/4 inch hardwood doors.

– Make sure windows, especially at ground level, are locked.

– When traveling, put automatic timers on your home’s lights or even a radio to make the house appear lived-in.

SCSO is working on the recent burglaries and anyone with related info is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at (970) 453-2232.

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