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Warm summer months mean uptick in property crimes

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The city of Fargo says so far this year, burglaries are up 41%.
Just this past weekend, six were reported.
And police says it's time that number goes down.

Tom Pikalek lives in north Fargo and enjoys his neighborhood.

"It's quiet, safe, no problems," says Pikalek.

He admits he rarely locks his doors.

"This place reminds me of where I grew up in the 50's," says Pikalek.

He feels safe and content.

"Nothing much happens here," says Pikalek.

But even in a quiet neighborhood like this, bad things can happen. Police say over the weekend a burglar broke into one of these homes and a man had to chase him out.

"Last year, we were at 130 burglaries at this year to date and now were at 190," says Dep. Chief Pat Claus, with the Fargo Police Department.

Deputy Chief Claus with the Fargo Police Department says no matter where you live, criminals can strike.

"We do see an up tick starting in April and peaks in August," says Dep. Chief Pat Claus.

Claus says the nicer the weather gets, the more windows and doors are being left open,
and that's what these thieves like.

"We can't stop all burglaries but you can lock up your doors and windows. If you're not home make sure your neighbors know your gone. Do things that make you less attracted," says Dep. Chief Pat Claus.

But for Tom Pikalek,
he says he has his own solution.

And it doesn't come with a lock, but four legs and a bite.

"They can answer to my dog," says Pikalek.

Police do not believe the six burglaries from this weekend are connected.
Claus can't emphasize enough the importance of being secure and aware so the rise and burglaries stops.

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