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Summer brings spike in crime

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LAS VEGAS - Police say they see a jump in crime when summer arrives, but people can take simple steps to protect their property.

Police say their best weapon to tackle summer crime is community awareness. Officers urge people to lock their car doors, homes and windows.

During the hot months, authorities see a spike in robberies and burglaries. According to the FBI, home invasions in the United States increase 10 percent in the summer. Police rely on the public to report anything that looks suspicious.

More people spend time outside during the summer, which police say creates more opportunities for trouble makers.

North Las Vegas Police Sgt. Chrissie Coon says "lock it or lose it."

"Sometimes, a burglar can break into your home while you're sleeping and may not even know you're there. They'll sneak in, take something and sneak out, but before you realize that they're there," she said.

Coon also tells people to close their garage doors. Leaving a garage door open can invite criminals.

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