Police say there have been an increasing number of burglaries throughout Harford County this summer.
"We are seeing a trend in increases in burglaries, but we are not seeing a commonality," said Monica Worrell, a spokeswoman.
The burglaries have taken place at different times and places throughout the county, , Worrell said.
In some cases the culprit is someone the resident knows, such as a family member or acquaintance. In many cases, the burglaries take place at homes with unlocked windows or doors.
"It's more than likely a symptom of difficult financial times," Worrell said.
She added that often this type of crime is attached to those with drug problems who are looking for a .
In most of the recent burglaries small, pawnable items have been stolen.
Between July 7 and Aug. 3, there were 51 burglaries in the southern part of the county—22 more than during the same period of time in 2011.
In the northern part of the county, there were 20 burglaries reported in that date range this year. Last year, there were eight in that area during the same time period.
Police encourage residents to lock their home and car doors and be on the lookout for any vehicles or people out of place in their neighborhoods.
"You see a car that looks out of place? Snap a picture," Worrell said.
A simple picture, she said, could be the piece of information that helps crack a case.