Boston police are warning residents of the South End and Fenway neighborhoods to take precautions after an uptick in reports of breaking and entering, with suspects gaining access through unlocked windows and doors.
According to police statistics, there have been 36 burglaries in the D-4 district so far in June. Burglaries in D-4 are up by 53 percent this year, increasing from 146 for January-July 2010 to 226 for the same period in 2011.
Police advise vacationing residents to take extra precautions this summer by locking windows and doors, leaving a light on, and asking a neighbor collect their mail.
Officer Richie Litto, who is in charge of community service for D-4, is conducting walking tours in the alleys of the Pilot Block neighborhood this month. He's said that theives look for hidden keys under doormats and unsecured air conditioning units that can easily be removed to gain window access into an apartment.
He also advises residents to be sure to put their address numbers on the alley side of their apartments as well, so police can find the scene of a crime quickly. Litto conducted a similar walking tour in Rutland Square last fall.
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