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Iowa City police offer tips to prevent burglaries

A sticker advertising the Crime Stoppers program adorns the back of an Iowa City Police Department patrol car. (Gazette file photo)
A sticker advertising the Crime Stoppers program adorns the back of an Iowa City Police Department patrol car. (Gazette file photo)

IOWA CITY — With an uptick in vehicle and residential burglaries in recent months, Iowa City police are offering tips to help residents avoid being victimized.

Iowa City police Sgt. Scott Gaarde said the most important thing citizens can do if they see suspicious activity is to report it to police. He said many arrests occur when someone sees what they suspect to be a crime in progress. Simply having an officer respond can deter criminal activity, Gaarde said.

Citizens are also advised to lock their homes and vehicles and make their residences look occupied. Tips include having lights on an automatic timer or installing motion detecting lights outside the home.

Gaarde said residents should make it difficult for would-be burglars to enter the home by installing deadbolts on exterior doors and securing all windows and patio doors. Finally, valuables such as purses, firearms, electronics and money should not be left in plain view inside an unattended or unlocked vehicle.

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