(Dublin, OH) – Summer isn’t the only thing heating up. So too, are thefts. Dublin Police want to warn residents that there has been a spike in thefts – both burglaries and thefts from vehicles this summer – and how to avoid them.
Dublin has seen a spike in both types of thefts recently after the City experienced decreases in thefts for most of the year. In June and through July 22, Dublin had 23 reports of burglaries or breaking and entering. The City had 28 thefts from vehicles for the same time period.
Anyone who sees any kind of suspicious behavior in Dublin is asked to call police.
Police note there are similarities in this rash of thefts. For burglaries, thieves targeted three main times during the day: very early morning (around 5 and 6 a.m.), afternoon between 3 and 5 p.m. and evening hours (7 p.m. to midnight). It should be noted that several of the thefts occurred at construction sites.
With thefts in vehicles, thieves commonly targeted afternoon hours (noon to 3 p.m.) and around 5 – 6 p.m. Another commonality was the breaking of a window to steal purses, wallets, tools and other things that had been left in plain view.
Anyone with information about the thefts or who sees suspicious activity in Dublin is asked to call Police at 614.889.1112 or can report a tip anonymously online at http://dublinohiousa.gov/dublin-police/crime-reporting-and-prevention/
Tips for avoiding burglaries:
- Lock all windows and doors.
- Have an alarm? Use it.
- Use timers on lights.
- Use high-quality locks.
- Neighbors look out for one another.
- Don’t leave garage door opener in a car parked outside the house.
Tips for avoiding thefts from vehicles:
- Never leave valuables inside your vehicle.
- Park vehicle in well-lit area.
- Park near obvious video or surveillance camera.
- Call police if you see suspicious activity.
- Roll up windows and lock doors.
Jodi Andes, City of Dublin Senior Public Information Officer