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Three garage burglaries reported in North Aurora

Published: Friday, April 5, 2013 2:44 p.m. CDT

NORTH AURORA – The North Aurora Police Department is warning residents to make sure their garages are securely locked after three garage burglaries that occurred Thursday night and Friday morning in the Tanner Trails subdivision while the residents were home.

Two incidents occurred in the 500 block of Kelley Drive, where the offender entered through a side garage service door, according to a press release from the police department. In one incident, the offender broke into vehicles and stole a purse and a laptop computer. In the other incident, entry was made through the unlocked side service door but nothing was stolen.

In another case in the 2800 block of Berman Road, the offender entered through the unlocked side service door but nothing was taken.

The police department is offering the following suggestions for residents to reduce the chances of becoming a victim:

• Make sure all of your exterior doors, including garage service doors and doors from the garage into the house, are locked with deadbolts every night.

• Keep all of your exterior lights on, including those at the entrances, and keep bushes trimmed low. This makes it easy for your neighbors to see someone lurking around your home and removes easy hiding places for offenders.

• Consider changing your exterior lights to motion activated lights to reduce energy consumption. Having lights turn on as an offender approaches is probably the best defense to scaring an offender off.

• Remove valuables from your vehicles in your garage and keep them locked.

The North Aurora Police Department offers free Crime Prevention Surveys to its residents and businesses. To schedule a Crime Prevention Survey, contact Officer Robyn Stecklein at 630-897-8705, ext. 716.

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