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Waterloo police give summer safety tips


More sunshine and warmer weather tend to bring more people out and about during the summer months. But, more people out and about also lead to an influx in criminal activity.

Waterloo Police said there is usually an increase in crime scenes during the months of June, July and August.

"More kids are out and about, kids aren't in school so that has an effect on it. People, with the nicer weather and longer days, are out in the evenings more," said Captain Tim Pillack.

Pillack said while crimes can happen anywhere, anytime, they are usually at their highest between the hours of 6 p.m. and 6 a.m.

Waterloo Police advise people to know their surroundings when out driving and not to walk alone late at night. But, summertime is also vacation time. If traveling out of town, police recommend taking certain action:

  • Get to know your neighbors
  • Keep your property well-lit
  • Set timers on indoor lights
  • Let someone know or police know you will be gone

Waterloo Police offer vacation watch checks in which officers can keep an eye on properties while people are gone.

Last summer in Waterloo in the months of June to August, there were 215 assaults and 266 burglaries.

Waterloo Police urge people to keep in mind that it's not just nighttime in which crimes occur, and to call police for any suspicious activity.

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