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The Artesia Police Department is once again warning citizens to secure their vehicles overnight after a rash of auto burglaries.

Between Sept. 24 and today, a total of 25 burglaries have been reported to the APD, the majority of them auto-related.

As is often the trend, several of the burglaries have been reported in the same area, including three Sept. 28 in the 1000 block of West Ray Avenue, four Oct. 3 in Northgate Place, and two this morning on Fourth Street.

Those patterns are frequently due to the fact thieves are walking streets trying door handles as they go, waiting to find one unlocked.

“It would behoove people to make sure that their car is locked and that valuables are removed from it,” said APD Cmdr. Lindell Smith.