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Niles police is asking residents to be on the lookout for suspicious activity after a string of burglaries in the city.
According to reports, there have been 47 burglaries and break-ins in the city since the beginning of the year. Although that number is down from last year, Captain Ken Criswell said many of the burglaries are occurring in broad daylight and thieves are looking for belongings they can trade for drugs.
“Before when you had a burglary, it was someone that had been in your house that is familiar with you,” said Criswell. “These days, a lot of this is just random. They are going to nicer neighborhoods thinking they are working and will have nicer belongings in the house.”
Criswell said even though a security system is an expense; he recommends homeowners make the investment to give their homes another layer of protection.
“You just have to be aware, and if you see something that doesn’t look right, call the police and try to get a proper license plate on it,” said Criswell.