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Avon issues warning about burglaries

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AVON, Colorado – Crime trends show that when the weather heats up, so do residential burglaries, vehicle break-ins and thefts, the Avon Police Department says. With the warmer weather, homeowners are more likely to forget to secure their garage doors and windows at night or when they leave, according to police.

The Avon Police Department is asking residents to help discourage burglars. Take a few minutes before leaving home or going to bed to verify that all doors and windows are closed or secured. In addition, lock all doors to your vehicles and secure your valuables safely in your house instead your vehicle, police say.

An open garage door or unlocked side door is an invitation for a burglar to help themselves to what is inside, police say. Frequently burglars rummage through vehicles and steal sports equipment, bicycles or other valuables. Some burglars are brazen enough to actually go into a home at night through an unlocked entry door in the garage or through unsecured windows while people are sleeping inside, Avon police said in a press release.

Exterior lighting is also a deterrent to nighttime crime. Studies have shown that dark homes are at far greater risk of victimization than homes with exterior lighting, according to police.