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Police Warn Against Seasonal Crimes

April 10, 2014, 5:30 PM by Erich Schaffhauser

Police Warn Against Seasonal Crimes
ABERDEEN, SD -

As temperatures increase, certain crimes tend to increase, too. Police are warning you to guard against them.

When she woke up for class earlier this week, Northern State University student Alex Wilde noticed something she didn't want to see.

"No, not at all because I'm already broke. Now I have to buy a new window," Wilde said.

Wilde's car window was one of about a dozen shot out by vandals in Aberdeen this week. Vandalism and burglaries are the types of crimes police say they see more of once the weather starts warming. Below zero temperatures tend to keep people indoors.

"When they're out on foot, they can get into back yards, they can go through cars. We see that a lot in the summer," Aberdeen Police Officer Kyle Fadness said.

Fadness says lights and locks can help prevent people from becoming victims as the season for these crimes arrives.

"A majority of the car burglaries I've taken, they've always been unlocked. It's an easy thing to do, hit the button, make sure the car is locked," Fadness said.

Of course that doesn't make you crime-proof. Wilde says there didn't seem to be much of a reason behind the damage to her car.

"No, they didn't take anything," Wilde said. "At first it was just a little bullet and then I shut my door and the whole thing just collapsed."

Shattering, at least for the moment, some of the joy and comfort this warm weather can bring.

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