THE BRONX - The 48th Precinct is offering tips to help Bronx residents stay safe as the official start to summer, and a possible spike in crime, approaches.

According to Deputy Inspector Thomas Connelly, the precinct has seen a 10 to 11 percent rise in crime since this time last year, despite a drop in shootings. He says property thefts have become a huge problem, especially with iPhones, along with more felony assaults, grand larcenies and a new wave of identity thefts.

Officers are advising everyone to protect themselves. An easy way to avoid one of the most common crimes is to simply tuck your iPhone away and keep belongings, such as purses, in front of you.

Other safety tips include keeping windows closed and screwing in all air conditioners. Cops say everyone should people watch and be aware of their surroundings.