Las Vegas police said in the first two weeks of 2018, there's been a dramatic increase in home burglaries and many of them could have been prevented.
A post made to the Northwest Area Command's Facebook page reads:
Northwest Residents: In the first 2 weeks of 2018 we are seeing a dramatic increase in Residential Home Burglaries. What's even more alarming is that over 30% of them are occurring in homes where "No Force" is being used to make entry (i.e. - doors unlocked, windows left open, etc). So a good amount of them could have been prevented.
It seems obvious, but break-in victims said they often don't think about making sure every window, door, or garage door is locked.
"I check all the windows every morning. It's routine," said Kevin Banali whose home was burglarized near Summerlin last month.
Banali said the crooks likely broke in through an open garage door which gave them access to a laundry room window.
They stole jewelry and cash from Banali, but police warn in many cases burglars are after guns.
Home security tips from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department can be found here.