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Lawnmower thefts increase in summer months

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Police say summer time staples like lawnmowers and barbeque grills are the perfect targets for quick criminals.

Corporal Marcus Hines says Shreveport Police see an increase in some thefts during the summer- particularly lawn care machinery, patio furniture, and other outdoor equipment.

They are some of the few items more likely to be stolen in daylight than after dark.

"Lock your stuff up," Cpl. Hines says. "People are going to take advantage [of a situation]. If they see a lawnmower sitting out in the yard, and no one is around, chances are your equipment won't be around for long if you leave it unattended."

Lawn tools are demand this time of year, easily sold and traded at pawn shops.

"This stuff comes in on a daily basis," Hines says. "You go to your average pawn shop, I can assure you that everyday someone is going to bring a lawnmower, a weed eater, a blower, any type of lawn equipment that you'll generally see, you'll find it at a pawn shop."

Hines says keeping track of serial numbers on your valuables will help them run items through their database should they go missing. It is the investigator's best chance for recovering stolen goods.

"If it's been reported stolen and it run in a database, the turnaround is generally a day or so before that merchandise is returned before- if not sooner," Hines says.

But if you can't keep track of a serial number, write a phone number or license plate number on your equipment in permanent marker. Those special markings make it more distinguishable.

Also, take photos of the stuff inside your home, storage shed, and garage, and photograph individual high-price items.

Trim bushes and trees around your house so you have a better view of what is going on.

And finally, be a good neighbor. Police say, if you see something suspicious happening on your block, give the department a call.

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