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Published May 02, 2014, 09:55 PM

Fargo Police remind citizens to keep things locked up to prevent burglaries

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - The sun is coming out, the temperatures are rising, and we're all finding ways to spend a little more time outside. But this is the time that people need to be more diligent about keeping things locked up to prevent burglaries.

By: Becky Parker, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - The sun is coming out, the temperatures are rising, and we're all finding ways to spend a little more time outside.

But this is the time that people need to be more diligent about keeping things locked up to prevent burglaries.

Last year around this time, Fargo Police saw a spike in garage burglaries and car break-ins.

That helped raise the burglary rate for 2013 nearly 50% above 2012.

Now, they're reminding people to lock it up, so they don't see a repeat.

Ralph and Bernadette Mahler aren't taking any chances.

Bernadette Mahler/Fargo Resident: "When we first moved in, there were some house break-ins and some car break-ins."

For them, preventing a burglary is as simple as checking - and double-checking - that everything is locked up.

Mahler: "We usually keep our cars in the garage and door down. We always check one more time at night to make sure we've remembered to put the garage door down."

Last year around this time, Fargo police saw a string of garage burglaries.

They were already up to 150 burglaries overall.

Lt. Joel Vettel/Fargo Police Department: "People were really making it more convenient for people to steal their stuff."

Doing things like leaving their garage doors open, and their cars unlocked.

But now they say people seem to be getting the message.

So far this year, there have been 110 burglaries - down about 20%.

Vettel: "I think people really have embraced the idea that just the little things they do each and every day will really help protect their belongings."

Mahler: "It can happen anywhere. It has happened in our neighborhood, although generally I feel quite safe here."

In September, police arrested three teenagers for breaking into garages.

They believed the teens were responsible for many of the burglaries last summer.

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