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Police release map of Rochester thefts

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Rochester Police are warning residents to lock their homes, garages and vehicles after more than 70 instances of car prowls, burglaries and thefts over the past week.

Rochester resident Dave Kjome says, "The wisest thing we've found is to lock our doors if we're gone or if we're away from the home for any time. You just don't leave things open and make it any easier for anybody trying to enter or enter your car or house or whatever it may be."

The department developed a map of the hot spots around Rochester. The dots are incidents and the colored areas show risk spots. Click here to see the full map.

While residential thefts and burglaries are included, the vast majority of reports are car prowls.

It appears that suspects are often working opportunistically.

Rochester Police Captain Brian Winters says, "What we're talking about is people protecting their property, taking common sense steps to protect their property. Everyone should be doing these things. Lock your house, remove valuables from the front yard, close garage doors, lock vehicles and remove valuables from your vehicle."

Investigators say at this time they do not have any suspect description they feel is complete enough to release. But, they do believe multiple people are in on the crimes.

If you have any information that could help, you're asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

And if you see anything suspicious around your home or vehicles, call police.

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