(Omaha, NE) -- The Omaha Police Department is reminding residents to lock up their valuables.
OPD says they're investigating numerous burglaries and thefts where lawnmowers, ladders, bicycles and power tools were stolen. Investigators say many of these items are later pawned by suspects for cash and says it's often difficult to return the property to the original owner since many of these items do not have a serial number.
The police department is suggesting that citizens make sure they close their garage doors and lock their sheds in order to prevent these crimes from happening. They also suggest engraving or otherwise marking items that do not have serial numbers with a unique mark (initials, symbols, etc) to make it easier for investigators to get property back to people if it ends up at a pawn shop. OPD says you should take pictures of your property and the marks and keep a document that inventories your property.