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* Watsonville Police Warn of Spike in Burglaries

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Watsonville police have seen an increase in the number of residential burglaries in the past month and are warning residents to be alert for suspicious activity in their neighborhood. There have been 31 residential burglaries since the start September, according to police. Typically, the burglaries occur during the day when residents are at work and most have occurred on the east side of town.

Thieves usually break in through an open door or window, and steal items including computers, televisions, video game consoles, jewelry and occasionally social security cards. If you see suspicious activity in your neighborhood, contact police and write down vehicle makes, models, colors and license plates as well as suspect descriptions and the direction of travel if they leave the area.

If you see an in-progress burglary, call 911 immediately. Residents are urged to make sure doors and windows are locked, trim trees and hedges that block the view from the street, and avoid showing signs that a home is unoccupied or that new electronics have been purchased, such as empty boxes at the curb. Alarms and dogs are also helpful in deterring burglars.

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