Over the past two months Dublin has seen a spike in thefts.
From June through July 22, Dublin police responded to calls reporting 23 burglaries or break-ins and 28 thefts from vehicles.
The spike in thefts follows a decreasing trend in crime in the city and Dublin Police urge residents to be vigilant.
“If you see something and think that it just doesn’t look right, take a minute to let us know,” Dublin Police Chief Heinz von Eckartsberg said in a release from the city. “The call you make may help prevent a crime.”
Thieves have been targeting three times of day for burglaries: the very early morning between 5 and 6 a.m., the afternoon between 3 and 5 p.m. and evening hours from 7 p.m. to midnight.
Many of the burglaries have occurred at construction sites, information from police said.
Thefts from vehicles have commonly occurred in the afternoon between noon and 3 p.m. and evening around 5 and 6 p.m.
In most reports, windows have been broken to get to purses, wallets, tools and other valuables left in plain view.
To avoid burglaries, Dublin Police advise residents to lock all windows and doors, use alarms, secure garage door openers in vehicles left outside and look out for each other.
Police also said to avoid thefts from vehicles, don’t leave valuables in your vehicle, park in a well-lighted area near security cameras and lock your doors.
Anyone with information about the thefts or suspicious activity is asked to call Dublin police at 614-889-1112.
Tips can also be reported online anonymously at dublinohiousa.gov/dublin-police/crime-reporting-and-prevention/.