ALBANY -- A series of home burglaries in recent weeks have police warning residents to take precautions when leaving home.

A total of nine break-ins were reported in the city from Nov. 5 to 19, "definitely an increase" over normal, said Albany police Lt. John Geissberger.

The Albany Police Department issued an alert about the home burglaries as well as an increase in car break-ins.

Details on all of the home burglaries were not available. The police alert said that, "Many of these homes were entered via a back or side door that was either unlocked or pried open. These burglaries generally have occurred during the day while residents are gone. The burglars are entering unoccupied homes. High value small electronics and jewelry have been targeted. Often these small electronics are near a window and easily visible from outside the residence."

Lt. Geissberger recommended that residents, "keep their doors and windows locked, make sure their house is secure when they leave, use an alarm system and make sure neighbors are aware when they leave."

According to the alert, the car burglaries, "have involved smashed windows to allow access to items of value that have been left in plain sight inside the vehicle." Police recommend that car owners not leave valuable items in their vehicles.



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