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Delmont, Murrysville police ask residents to stay vigilant during lazy days of summer

| Tuesday, June 25, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Though warm weather might lull people into thinking of lazy days of relaxation, summer is no reason to stop being vigilant, local police said.

Delmont police Chief T.J. Klobucar said his department has noticed an increase in the number of cars being broken into in recent weeks along Freeport and West Pittsburgh streets — a trend he attributes to drivers leaving the doors unlocked. Klobucar said residents should remain vigilant and make sure their cars, homes and windows are locked when they leave.

“Keep your garage doors shut and your cars locked,” Klobucar said.

Murrysville police Capt. Rob Liermann said there are several precautions residents should take when they go on vacation. For instance, if a resident is leaving town, it's a good idea to place a television or radio on a timer, he said. There are other ways to make sure it isn't obvious that no one is home, he said.

“Stop newspaper and mail delivery, so it isn't advertising that you're not home,” Liermann added.

For those who prefer a “staycation” to work on home project, Liermann suggested making sure ladders aren't left outside when not in use.

Police are on the lookout, the officers said. For instance, Delmont police walk foot patrols every evening and watch for any issues in local neighborhoods. Klobucar said any resident who leaves a garage door open can expect a knock at the door from police — any time, day or night.

“We're going to stop and knock on your door, even at 2 a.m.” if a garage door is open, Klobucar said.

Daveen Rae Kurutz is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8627, or

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