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Police Warn About Crimes of Opportunity

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Fargo police are out stepping up efforts to look out for what they call "crimes of opportunity." An easy way for the bad guys to take your stuff because you made it possible.

Veteran officer Jamey Gahner, says he could spend all night dealing with just these crimes.

Compared to last year Fargo police have already logged 310 more burglary, theft, criminal mischief, and unlawful entry to vehicle calls.

Gahner says some of the most common mistakes made by the public are, "Not enough lighting in the area, garages open, and vehicles unlocked."

Gahner also notes that thieves, "Thrive on that.  And they're going to commit that crime because they can and it's easy and they feel they can get away with it".  

Valley Today's John Trierweiler gained exclusive access ridding along with the Fargo Police Department during the early morning hours.  He encountered several garages left wide open and bikes left out in the open not chained up where someone could easily take them.  

Donnielle Luecke says she didn't mean to leave the garage door open and is glad she ran into us instead of someone taking their stuff.

"We have allot of valuables in the garage and a lot of construction going on right now so a lot of people in the neighborhood that maybe aren't normally here so it feels really good to know that are police officers are out there looking out for us,"said Luecke.

But Fargo police want to remind people they shouldn't rely on officers for such a preventable crime because they simply can't be everywhere at once .

Gahner says, "I hope this is a reality check.  I hope they realize that officers are out there looking at these neighborhoods, talking with these residents in hopes that they don't leave their valuables in plain view and that they lock their property up, so that they don't have to be victims."

Police say if you see something, give them a call, no matter what time it is.  Know your neighbors and community.  And, most importantly, lock up your valuables or be prepared to loose them.


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