Before you put out a patio set like this one, you'd better secure it and monitor it according to police.
Patio furniture thefts are no laughing matter in Carlsbad.
In fact, there has been a string of them and now police officers are warning residents.
In the last five months, 30 homeowners have reported stolen items from their front yards or porches.
Officers first noticed the trend in July and believe the thefts are connected.
The incidents have occurred in random areas throughout the city so it has been difficult for investigators to spot a pattern.
On Friday, Sgt. Pete Pascual issued a plea for help from residents to keep an eye out for anyone taking items from the front patios or yards of their neighbors.
"We need the community to be the eyes and ears of their neighborhood, reporting all suspicious activity when it is taking place," Pascual said in a police news release. "Be a good a witness, noting information like license plate numbers, vehicle descriptions and directions of travel.”
The phone number to call for suspicious activity is (760) 931-2197 and 911 for a crime in progress.
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