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The rise in temperatures correlates with a rise in crime, especially theft, according to law enforcement officials.

That trend this summer seemed to launch over the weekend, when the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) reported that eight separate break-ins occurred overnight Friday.

These incidences up this month’s number of vehicle thefts to 42, according to the DCSO. Last year, 39 similar reports were filed in June and 28 in July.

The numbers increased last year as the summer continued, with 56 reports in August. The numbers dropped thereafter, with 34 reports in October and eight in November. Aside from a spike in December to 21 vehicle thefts, the average number of reports between January and May was about eight.

In response to the recent crimes, Sheriff Walter L. Davis III asked residents in the Ohio 257 area to take necessary preventative measures against theft, such as removing their valuables from their cars and locking their doors.

Most of the vehicles in the recent thefts had been left unlocked in residential driveways, according to the DCSO. The Sheriff’s Office reported that at least one window had been broken to gain entry, however.

Two break-ins were reported on Riverside Drive near Safari Golf Club in Powell, and three additional break-ins were reported nearby along South Section Line Road. Others occurred in Radnor Township, near Radnor and Hedley Roads.

“While the break-ins did not occur in one particular area, there is a possibility they are connected because all are off Ohio 257, which is a main north-south thoroughfare in the county,” Davis stated in a release.

Items reported stolen included a laptop, three iPods, a Global Positioning System, two digital cameras, a PlayStation gaming system, a gift card, about $700 in cash and multiple debit and credit cards, according to the DCSO.

The investigation is still underway. Anyone with information about the crimes is encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 740-833-2800. DCSO said callers have the option to remain anonymous.

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