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Spike in burglaries reported on Big Island

KONA, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Police on the Big Island say they are investigating a rash of burglaries in Kona.

During the month of September, police responded to 33 burglaries in the Kona District, including 13 along Alii Drive. Many of those were in condominium units, where the intruders gained entry using unlocked sliding glass doors.

To reduce the chances of becoming a target, police offer these tips:

Lock your doors and windows when you leave your home.
Don’t leave notes saying you’re not home and when you will return.
Become familiar with your neighbors and their cars.
Beware of strangers knocking on doors. They may be burglars checking to see if a house is unoccupied.
Don’t leave a house key hidden outside your home.
Keep your home well lit.
Keep trees and bushes trimmed so they don’t provide cover for burglars.
If you come home and see evidence that someone has been in your home or may still be there, leave the area and call police immediately.
Report any suspicious activity.

Police urge the public to report any suspicious activity by calling the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or by calling 911 if they see evidence of a burglary in progress.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the islandwide Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

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