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Connects Against Crime: Guarding Against 'Fair Weather Criminals'

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 01:16 PM CDT
CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS 2/FOX 45) -- The signs of spring are here.

Runners are in full stride and bikers are at full speed,

However, as those temps go up your guard may be going down.

“It's that Iowa attitude that the majority of people are good and that most people aren't going to break into your house,” resident Kamry Rea said.

Cedar Rapids Police say yes, they will, and they won't stop with your house.

“With thefts from vehicles, we’ll see a sharp increase from the cold snowy weather we’ve had the past three months,” says Sgt. Cristy Hamblin with the Cedar Rapids Police Department.

The numbers back that up. In 2012, theft from vehicles jumped from only 48 cases during the colder January to 259 cases in the warmer April

“They'll go to parking lots at the walking trails, the gym,” Hamblin said.

Police say as the months become warmer and criminals become more active, don't leave your fancy electronics and valuables just lying around on your seat. Instead lock them in safe places like your trunk, away from plain view.

It's not just your electronics and valuables. Police say the warm weather brings out offenders looking for your children.

“We want our kids to go outside so they'll get worn out and tired and sleep through the night, but watch your kids,” Hamblin warned.

They say set boundaries, pay close attention to what they're wearing every day, and if you have a sex offender in your neighborhood…

“Show your children a picture of what that sex offender looks like,” Hamblin said. “Not to frighten them, but educate them.”Connects Against Crime: Guarding Against 'Fair Weather Criminals'

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