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Published May 02, 2013, 06:05 PM

Burglaries making jump from last year’s numbers

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - It's almost like clock-work. Temperatures slowly heat up and burglaries in Fargo spike. But this year, the jump is dramatic.

By: Kay Cooley, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - It's almost like clock-work. Temperatures slowly heat up and burglaries in Fargo spike. But this year, the jump is dramatic.

Numbers are up nearly 40 percent from this time last year.

Here on the south side of 13th Avenue near 15th street. The after work commute seems fairly normal, with most people driving home and opening their doors without even thinking.

But if you step back a few hours ago, one thing really stands out.

For many people, it's an automatic no brainer.

Vivian Dunford, Lives Near Burglaries: "Push the button, hope it locks, and that's it."

Making sure garages are closed when you leave rather than wide open, unlocking the doors for a burglary surge here in town.

Dunford: "Well of course I wouldn't like that, but we haven't had a problem."

Numbers have jumped 39 percent compared to last year, rising from 103 to 143.

Deputy Chief Pat Claus, Fargo Police: "It's a combination of expanding population and maybe we as citizens not being as diligent."

But for officers, it's no excuse.

Claus: "We prefer to look at it as we can do better."

Police say if they notice a garage door that's left open they'll stop, and remind homeowners to close it.

Claus: "The district commanders have really made a conscious effort to make sure they lock it, so they don't lose it."

A simple mistake that ends up costing more than valuables.

Claus: "To find out somebody has been in your home, or rummaged through your car, still leaves you with that sense that you've been violated, you've been harmed."

So they say if you take away the opportunity.

Dunford: "I guess just take precaution."

You close the doors on crime.

Police say they have made several arrests but believe the burglaries are not carried out by a single crime ring.

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