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    After a rash of burglaries in the community of Danville last weekend, police said earlier this week they are bolstering efforts that they hope will curb these crimes. Elyce Kirchner reports. (Published Friday, Jan. 8, 2016)

    After a rash of burglaries in the community of Danville last weekend, police said earlier this week they are bolstering efforts that they hope will curb these crimes.

    Danville police said extra patrols have been added during certain times, officers have been reallocated to focus on property crimes and other solutions, such as license plate recognition cameras, are being explored.

    Police said this comes after five burglaries and one attempted burglary occurred throughout the unincorporated town of Danville this past weekend. Property crimes in general rose in 2015, police said.

    Robert Rawlinson's neighbor in the Greenbrook area recently got hit by burglars.

    "They kicked the door to try and go to the front door, but couldn't get in with the front door so they broke the glass with a cement duck they had on their front porch," Rawlinson said.

    In less than five minutes, thieves made out with jewelry and other family heirlooms.

    Police are working to put an end to the spike in crime.

    "This level of property crime will not be tolerated," Chief Steve Simpkins said in a statement. "We will be doing everything we can to catch these criminals and bring this situation to an end."

    Besides its own efforts, police are asking residents of Danville to be aware of the tactics often used in local burglaries. Police said suspects sometimes knock on the door of a home, and end up requesting something innocuous, such as directions, when a resident answers.

    But if there's no answer, police said, the suspects kick in the door and take valuables from the home. Police said the best course of action for residents who witness potentially suspicious activity is to report it to police without hesitation.

    "We would rather you call," Simpkins said. "We would rather get the call and check it out than take the chance of letting the bad guys get away."

    NBC Bay Area's Elyce Kirchner reports.

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