PRINCETON - Police are asking homeowners to double-check their locks following a series of daytime burglaries.
Princeton officials say as many as six homes were broken into in recent weeks.
According to the New Jersey State Police, there were 45 reported burglaries so far this year in the newly merged Princeton Borough and Township, which is up 10 percent from the year before.
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Residents tell News 12 New Jersey that despite those stats, they feel safe in Princeton.
Police say the burglaries mostly occur in the daylight hours when the homes and streets are unoccupied.
Officers recommend keeping doors and windows closed and locked to make your house a less attractive target, even as the weather gets warm. "Try to make your house as safe as possible," says Sgt. Michael Cifelli. "Obviously, if you can make it appear that someone is home, we encourage folks to do that."
That means avoiding leaving newspapers piling up in the driveway, or leaving a car parked outside.
Police suggest that neighbors should keep an eye out for each other's property and report anything suspicious.