The Polk County Sheriff’s office has announced an increase in reports of thefts and burglaries in recent weeks, particularly in the Amery and Clear Lake areas. Some reports have also come in about persons knocking on doors and telling people who are home they are lost, they are with public utilities or they need directions. These people may be checking to see if anyone is home before they attempt a burglary. Please be alert to persons or vehicles in the area that seem out of place or suspicious. Call 715-485-8300 and describe what you’ve noticed. Color, make and model of a vehicle is great, license plate info is even better. Let’s help our neighbors out and watch each other’s backs.