MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) - Summer is here and that means people are outdoors much more -- including criminals on the prowl.
The Madison Police Department sent out a warning to say they have noticed an increase in items being stolen out of vehicles in the past few weeks.
Police ask citizens to discourage car burglars by not giving them any reason to target a vehicle. The way to do that is by removing valuables from vehicles when parked overnight.
Officers also remind residents to lock vehicles.
Nonetheless, criminals are looking for laptop computers, digital cameras, firearms, purses, cell phones, medication and cash.
Also, police are asking residents to protect each other by reporting any strangers seen lingering around vehicles in driveways or apartment complexes during late night or early morning hours.
Finally, police suggest people make a record of serial numbers on electronic items and firearms in the event they are stolen.
Here's a free online service for cataloging serial numbers.