BOERUM HILL - Police are reminding residents to take basic precautions when protecting themselves and their property by keeping doors and windows locked.

The 84th Precinct, which covers Boerum Hill, says that nearly 50 out of 140 burglaries in 2012 occurred because of an unlocked door or window.

Police say it is important to contact them immediately if a break-in is suspected, because evidence can be destroyed as time passes.