LOVES PARK, Ill. (WIFR) -- It started in early August. Loves Park Police say they started to see more and more burglaries and that's what led them to increase patrols.
Since officials added those patrols, they have arrested 13 people in connected to burglaries and other crimes.
Those 13 include 9 juveniles and 4 adults. Those 4 adults are:
1. 33-year-old Jonathan Rheinschmidt of Machesney Park, who was charged with possession of a stolen vehicle.
2. 18-year-old Jared Carder of Loves Park.
3. 18-year-old Korrie Burnell of Rockford, and
4. 19-year-old Paul Thrist of Rockford.
The last 3 were all charged with residential burglary.
"Juveniles, who maybe aren't being supervised at home - they're out all hours of the night when they should be at home getting ready for school. And they're breaing into cars and breaking into residences, and a lack of supervision is probably where that starts," says Loves Park Police Deputy Chief, Shane Lynch.
Police say a big cause of these crimes is what they call "crimes of opportunity".That term describes any instance like a homeowner not having their porch light on or someone leaving their car unlocked.
Authorities suggest checking all our doors, lighting our homes, and not leaving valuables in plain site inside our cars in order to prevent these crimes from happening to us.