HOLLYWOOD (CBSLA.com) — The recent heat wave could be a major factor in a string of residential and vehicle burglaries in East Hollywood, according to police.

KNX 1070’s Brian Ping reports the neighborhood has seen 10 break-ins over the last week – eight of which were were initiated through an open or unsecured window.

“Those are very frightening for us because obviously if they are bold enough to go inside a home that is occupied, we are concerned about confrontations and how they may react should the homeowner confront them,” said
LAPD Officer Karen Rayner.

Out of the 10 reported burglaries, five came at night when the residents were home, while two occurred after the suspect removed a window screen or found an already open window where he or she could reach in and remove valuables within an arm’s reach.

The suspect or suspects entered residences as the occupants slept in the other three incidents, taking items such as small electronic devices, wallets and jewelry.

There were 18 property crimes during the same week; 10 of which were residential, two involved stolen cars and six were vehicle burglaries.

Residents are reminded to secure their property before leaving and to lock all locks and deadbolts on every door.

Anyone with information about the burglaries was asked to call detectives at the Los Angeles Police Department’s Rampart Division at (213) 484-3490.

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