TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) – Thieves have been breaking into Toledo homes developing patterns and finding interesting ways to get inside. They are often after certain items, but their entry could be avoided altogether.
Toledo Police crime logs reveal different trends in crime. Thieves break in by pushing air conditioners. Top items stolen are prescription medications, like Percocet and Vicodin.
With more people putting air conditioners in their windows to stay cool, more are becoming a target to thieves. Hiding units in bushes or fences actually work to the thieves' advantage. Crime logs in the past few weeks have shown air conditioners to be serving as a gateway for thieves to come in and take off with prescriptions, valuables, even guns.
The thought of people looking for trouble concerns Holly Omlor, not only for her family, but others who could be victims.
"It concerns me for the elderly people in our neighborhood, for anybody honestly. Most people don't break into a home at night. They break in during the day when you're at work and they know for a fact that you're not there because they've been watching. That's the scariest thing: is that they're watching you," said Omlor.
Police say to reduce the risk, harden the target by securing the home, air conditioning unit and using instincts to help neighbors.
"Be vigilant. Look around. See what's happening in and around your neighborhood. Notice cars that may be driving down and casing the neighborhood," suggested Sgt. Joe Heffernan with the Toledo Police Department.
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