Ann Arbor police urge residents to take precautions against break-ins during warmer weather
As the weather gets warmer and residents have reveled in unseasonably warm temperatures for March, Ann Arbor police are reminding residents to still shut and lock their windows to avoid break-ins.
Ann Arbor police Lt. Renee Bush said a home in the 400 block of Hamilton Place was broken into after its residents left the front window open and unlocked. Bush said the home invasion occurred last Friday at about 4:20 a.m.
Nothing was taken and the 20-year-old and 22-year-old Ann Arbor men who lived in the home were not injured, but Bush encouraged residents to take more caution during the springtime warmth.
“As temperatures get warmer, people are looking in windows and trying to figure out how to get into homes,” Bush said. “If things are strange and don’t look right, call 911.”
Ann Arbor has experienced a rash of break-ins during the first few months of 2012 that, year-to-date, are higher than past years. While the trend seemed to slow in early March, warm temperatures generally bring more potential for break-ins.
Bush said a prime example of warmer weather meaning more potential criminals on the street was an incident at 1 a.m. last Thursday in the 2000 block of Pauline Court.
A resident heard a neighbor’s dog barking and looked outside of the window to see a man wearing a black cap and black sweatpants looking into the home’s window, Bush said. The man did not actually try to enter the home, but Bush said it was possible he was scoping out the home in order to break in.
It’s unknown where he went after he was seen and the man is still at large, Bush said. More patrols have been requested for the area, she said.