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Summer Safety Tips

Local police say exercise caution during the summer months especially.

While the first, official day of summer may be a couple of weeks away, Marina del Rey police warn residents to remember to protect themselves while taking advantage of the summer fun.

"Crime all around us goes up in the summer time," said Detective Keysha Gipson of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Marina del Rey Station.

Bicycles are often targeted this time of year. Gipson said people should make sure they record the serial numbers of their bikes and register them online through the National Bike Registry.

"When you register a bike, it allows other police agencies to access the information," Gipson said.

People should also be vigilant about protecting their cars this time of year.

"We ask that people keep vehicles locked and their windows rolled up and the sunroof," Gipson said. "Nothing of value should be left inside the vehicle."

This includes cell phones, laptops, wallets and purses, Gipson said. Other tips to avoid becoming the victim of a crime include having a cell phone with you when exercising outside and being careful not to work out at night especially when you're alone.

"For the most part, the Marina is a very nice place to live and a nice community-oriented area," Gipson said.

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