MPD: Burglars gaining access to homes by pushing in window ACs

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MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee police say there’s been an uptick in reported burglaries citywide, where criminals gained entry to homes by pushing in window air conditioning units. MPD has planned a news conference to discuss crime prevention Wednesday, September 12th.

Police say criminals have entered homes by pushing in window air conditioning units even on second-story windows.

Also, as fall approaches and the temperatures cool, homeowners may leave windows open, which creates another opportunity for a burglar.

MPD have released the following tips to help curb these burglaries:

  • Lock doors and windows when leaving, even if it is just for a short time.
  • Lock and secure any second floor windows and doors.
  • Explore installing sturdy deadbolts on all exterior doors.
  • Make sure air conditioning window units are secured and cannot be pushed inside from the outside. Take air conditioning window units out of windows as the weather turns cooler in order to lock and secure these windows. 
  • Do not place valuables where they will be visible from doors or windows.
  • Increase occupancy indicators (e.g., increase exterior and/or interior lights, leave the radio or TV on, etc.)
  • Set up a Block Watch in the neighborhood.

Police ask anyone noticing any suspicious activity in the neighborhood to call MPD at (414) 933-4444.