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Cops warns residents to guard against burglars

By Erika Wurst

June 21, 2013

Summer. It's a time for swimming pools and barbecues ... and burglaries.

With warm weather here, the Aurora Police Department wants to remind residents to keep their windows and doors shut and locked when leaving home, as they are a perfect entry point for burglars on the prowl.

Using proper lighting, like motion sensors, is yet another way to ward of these unwanted criminals, police said.

When locking your doors, experts recommend that three-inch screws, at minimum, are used to mount strike plates onto door frames, rather than the 1 1/2-inch screws that come standard with lock sets, police said. This makes doors harder to kick in.

But, it's not just homes that need locking.

Police are continuing to remind residents of the importance of keeping car doors and windows secured, and storing valuables out of sight. That means laptop computers, cell phones and wallets should be taken out of the car, or be well hidden. When thieves see these items in plain view it takes them only seconds to break a window or open an unlocked door and steal your stuff, police said.

As always, residents should immediately call 911 if they see anything suspicious in their neighborhoods.

A free online service is available to residents who want to record serial numbers, upload photos of valuables or scan receipts for future reference, in the event that they become victims of theft. The service, known as "Report It," is a central database that will help police locate the items if they are ever lost or stolen. An unlimited amount of records can be stored.

Police said the records can also come in handy when filing claims with insurance providers in the event of a loss. Those interested can log onto www.reportit.leadsonline.com to begin building their personal property list. The service is offered through Leads Online, which is used by Aurora police to help them track goods being sold through recycling, pawn shops and similar businesses.

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