ALBANY, N.Y. -- Police in Albany are warning about a string of eleven burglaries in the city.
Since August, 11 homes have been broken into. In most of the cases, burglars have been entering homes by pushing in portable air conditioners and stealing electronics.
"Seven of those have occurred during the day, three at night and one that's unknown. Right now, our message that we want to get out is to advise members of our community that this is going in and to take the necessary precautions," said Steve Smith of the Albany Police Department.
Anyone with information on these burglaries is asked to call Albany Police at (518) 462-8039.
Police are reminding people of some common sense measure, like making sure to secure first floor air conditioners, hiding valuables and installing motion sensor lights.
Tips from the Albany Police Department:
The Albany Police Department would like to remind members of the community of the following safety tips regarding home security:
• If you’re going to be away from your home for a period of time, stop the mail and newspaper or ask a trusted friend or neighbor to retrieve them until you return.
• Additionally, while away, ask a trusted friend or neighbor to park their car in your driveway and to come inside occasionally and change curtain positions. This will make your home appear occupied.
• Install motion-sensor lights where a burglar can't easily unscrew the bulbs.
• Follow the 3/6 rule: Trim shrubs in front of the house to no higher than 3 feet from the ground and trim trees so that the lowest branches are at least 6 feet up (less hiding room for burglars).
• Don't hide a spare key anywhere that's remotely obvious, such as under a doormat.
• Secure first-floor air conditioners with a bracket outside and a sliding window lock on each side of the window frame.
• Keep empty boxes (especially from expensive items) in the garage until trash day.
• Cover garage windows to hide valuables or absent vehicles.
• Lock up ladders and tools that could facilitate a break-in.
• Put lamps on a timer.
• Turn down the phone's ringer.
• Consider placing safety film over windows near door handles to make glass difficult to smash.
• Hide valuables well.
• Bolt down safes so that they can't be picked up and carried out.
• Place a solid stick in the slider tracks of doors and windows.