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Police warn of uptick in burglaries in garages at southeast Lincoln apartment complexes
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Police warn of uptick in burglaries in garages at southeast Lincoln apartment complexes

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Here are tips to prevent your home from being broken into. Remember, if you observe a suspicious person or behavior, call 911.

Police are warning southeast Lincoln residents to be sure to lock their garages at night in response to an uptick in burglaries at apartment complex garages the past two years.

Officer Erin Spilker said reports have jumped 173% since 2019 and police have already taken two dozen reports this year.

In 2019, there were only 12 incidents reported. In 2020, there were 30, for a total loss of $20,000.

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As the weather warms, people will be outside and in their garages more, Spilker said. It's important to close and lock the garage afterward. While police have seen the increase at apartment complexes, the same applies to anyone with a garage, as burglaries often are crimes of opportunity when the door has been left open, she said.

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Lori Pilger is a Norfolk native and University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate who has been a public safety reporter for the Journal Star since 2005.

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