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February 2, 2013

The value of publicity: Waseca burglaries fizzle out after police warning

WASECA — A rash of burglaries in Waseca has been curtailed following a public warning by police.

Coincidence or not, Waseca Police Capt. Kris Markeson said the break-ins and walk-ins during the holiday season abruptly ceased after police issued a press release heads-up to residents.

Markeson said the public advisory likely wasn’t the only reason for the cessation of residential burglaries in the northeast, northwest and southeast part of the city.

“It could have been any combination of factors.”

He said the five burglaries were clustered around Christmastime. The public warning was issued a couple of days after the fifth incident.

Markeson said a couple of the dwellings were occupied at the time of the late-night/early-morning thefts, though the inhabitants never saw the intruders. He said some homes were locked and some were forcibly entered.

Items taken included alcohol and electronics — “just stuff that they could carry away.”

He said that since the incidents were publicized there has been an uptick in residents reporting suspicious activity, a proactive response police encourage.

Police said preventive measures residents can take to discourage burglaries include keeping homes well-lit, locking doors and windows even when in the home, not leaving garage doors open to display items within, and not advertising one’s absence on social media.

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