Summer time is officially here and while Kissimmee residents may be relaxing, police officers will be asking them to keep their guard up so that their personal belongings aren’t stolen.

During the summer months of June, July and August, the number of car burglaries tends to increase. In 2017, there were 128 car burglaries over the summer months. In 2018, that number greatly decreased to 62over the same time. In 2019, detectives have received several reports of car break-ins, particularly of unlocked cars.

Officers are asking the community to be proactive and use this mantra: keep your keys; lock your cars; take your belongings.

Recently, officers have noticed car owners who are targeted because they leave valuables in their cars and don’t lock their doors.

The Kissimmee Police Department Problem Oriented Policing Unit passed out fliers in the Liberty Village Community on Monday to provide resources and prevention tips for residents in Kissimmee.