GEORGETOWN, WASHINGTON, November 28, 2013 — The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) is warning people to take care this holiday season, as they estimate that the number of burglaries has increased since last year. A crime report put out by the MPD on the 19th says that in the second district, the area including Georgetown, burglary rates have risen 17 percent. Last year the second district had 286 burglaries. Over the same period of time this year, there have been 336. “Historically most burglaries increase around the holidays when people are away” according to Melvin Gresham, an MPD captain who works in the second district. While burglaries, thefts that involve breaking and entering, have gone up, the same is not true of all thefts. Robberies, thefts that involve violence, have gone down 25 percent since last year. MPD officials recommend a few basic safety measures for everyone who will be traveling for the holiday season. Automatic light timers, stopping the mail and newspaper delivery, and asking your neighbor to watch your home, shovel snow, and park in your driveway are all good ways to deter burglars. For more advice on safety tips for this holiday season, visit the MPD website and brush up on their “Winter Holiday Safety Tips”.