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FARGO — A recent uptick in home break-ins and theft is prompting people to take extra precautions to protect their homes and belongings.

There have been more than 500 reports in April for theft-related crimes.

These reports include breaking and entering, property crime and theft in the past month, according to Fargo, West Fargo and Moorhead police.

A recent post to NextDoor, a crime watching app, had a post that concerned neighbors about potential break-ins.

A homeowner in the Osgood neighborhood found black electrical tape on the door knob.

Fargo Police Officer Jessica Schindeldecker says they haven't heard of any break-ins involving the tape.

"Unless someone were to actually send that crime and safety post to us, we don't really know what they're talking about," says Schindeldecker. "So unfortunately I haven't heard of anything, I haven't heard from our patrol officers either, that they're seeing anything like that."

Schindeldecker says it's important people share those incidents with police so they can investigate.

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