Fresno County sheriff’s officials warned residents in northwest Fresno of an increase in vehicle burglaries since the start of the year.
Spokesman Tony Botti said the majority of the 80 burglaries that have been reported are in the area bordered by West Sierra Avenue, North Blackstone Avenue, West Gettysburg Avenue and North Marks Avenue.
Deputies advised residents to remove valuables from vehicles, park in a garage or driveway if possible and do not leave garage openers in cars. Also, residents should consider improving outdoor lighting and motion-activated lights.
Deputies also encouraged residents to join Nextdoor.com and use its app to keep in touch with other neighbors and keep track of crime in their neighborhoods.
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Residents also can sign up for a house check when they are out of town by going to http://www.fresnosheriff.org/protect-yourself/crime-prevention/house-check.html .