Champaign police offers tips to avoid robberies, burglaries

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CHAMPAIGN - The Champaign Police Department is investigating a series of robberies and motor vehicle burglaries that have happened throughout the month of August.

Champaign Police say there have been 11 reported robberies and 50 reported burglaries to motor vehicles throughout the city within the last 26 days.  The robberies occurred on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, while the burglaries did not follow any set pattern in relation to time, date, or location.  In order to combat these recent incidents, authorities are offering tips to help keep your belongings safe.

Citizens are advised to be aware of their surroundings, avoid poorly lit areas, and to avoid walking alone at night.  If you do travel alone, you are encouraged to utilize the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District's "335 SafeRides.  Also, citizens are advised to not leave vehicles running unattended, unlocked, or with your valuables in plain sight. 

If you have any information concerning these incidents, or any other crimes, you are urged to call Crime Stoppers at (217) 373-8477.

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