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updated: 7/17/2014 7:06 PM

Mt. Prospect police warn of spike in home burglaries

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After about a dozen home burglaries in the past month, Mount Prospect police are asking residents to take steps to keep their homes and possessions as safe as possible.

Between June 7 and July 14 there have been 12 home burglaries in Mount Prospect, said Officer Greg Sill.

The burglaries have happened all over the village at varying times of day and in both homes and apartments, leading police to be unsure if the burglaries are connected, Sill said.

Sill didn't have an estimate for the total in goods and money taken, but said most of the thefts have been of jewelry and cash.

"It's hard to say if these are related or separate instances," Sill said. "We see residential burglaries kind of go in waves. We'll have times where we don't see any and then we see a rise in them like now."

No one has been arrested in any of the burglaries.

"The Mount Prospect Police Department requests all residents be extra vigilant and report any suspicious persons, cars or activity in their neighborhood by calling 911 immediately," reads a statement released by police on Thursday.

"Residents are reminded to lock their doors and windows and are asked to turn on their interior and exterior lights, as this is still the most cost effective form of prevention.

"Leaving televisions or radios on while not at home to create noise can also help prevent burglars from targeting your home."

The Mount Prospect Police Department Crime Prevention Unit will host home security presentations at 9:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 30 in meeting room A of the Mount Prospect Public Library.

Anyone with specific knowledge of the crimes is asked to call the Investigations Section of the Mount Prospect Police Department at (847) 870-5654.

People can also tip off police anonymously through Crime Stoppers, at (847) 590-7867 or by texting MPPD their tip to 274637. Tips through Crime Stoppers are eligible for cash rewards if they lead to arrests and prosecution.

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