DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) — Durham police are asking residents to be aware of their surroundings and secure their homes as officers investigate a string of home burglaries in a townhome community.

Officers said six burglaries have been reported in the area of Lexington and Bedford Streets since May 3.

Five of those burglaries have been reported since June 8.

Police said all six incidents happened in the late night hours, typically between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m.

In all but one case, officials said entry into the home was made through a window.

Victims of each incident report various personal property has been stolen. This includes car keys, that have been used to take the victim’s car, according to police.

Officers also said all of these burglaries remain active investigations.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Inv. A.J. Shepard at 919-560-4583 ext. 29370, or Durham CrimeStoppers at 919-683-1200.

Durham police also shared the following crime prevention tips for residential areas:

Apartment safety

  • Know your neighbors
  • Be on the lookout for suspicious activity or individuals
  • Make sure to lock your doors and windows. Two locking devices per door/window is recommended
  • Check the lighting around your apartment to make sure it’s working. Report any broken lights or dark areas to the property management
  • Remember that burglars will take advantage of an open door, window, or sliding door. Do not leave valuables visible from your windows where those passing can easily see them
  • Consider adding motion detector audible alarms to your windows or doors
  • Check out any home improvement type store to see how you can upgrade your apartment security
  • Do not open your door for anyone that you do not know

Vehicle theft prevention

  • Lock your vehicles when parked
  • Remove any valuable items and do not use your car for storage
  • Do not lend your keys to someone else
  • Consider adding an anti-theft device to your vehicle. Check with any automotive type store to see what is available
  • If you do not have assigned parking, vary where you park your car so that no pattern can be established
  • Be on the lookout for vehicles that look unattended or abandoned and report them to the property manager
  • Do not leave your car running while you check the mailbox or do other “quick” things requiring you to leave your car unattended

Common areas

  • Always be aware of your surroundings when doing the laundry, getting the mail, putting out the trash, etc.
  • Avoid people or situations that make you feel uncomfortable
  • Report any safety concerns you notice to the property management