Last week, an Oswego Patch reader said she spotted a flashing sign near the Oswego Commons shopping center, warning people to lock their vehicle doors. She wondered if the sign was an indication that car burglaries are up in Oswego.
In fact, police said, it's part of efforts to keep burglaries down — especially as the weather gets warmer.
Capt. Jeff Burgner said for the second year, police are beefing up education as part of their efforts to crack down on vehicle burglaries. In addition to the flashing signs, he said police are reaching out to homeowners associations to education residents on prevention.
"Well over 90 percent of our car burglaries are unlocked [vehicles]," Burgner said.
The signs are an effort to remind drivers that just the simple act of locking the car can do a lot to deter would-be burglars looking for an easy target.
"It's just a crime prevention tool that we're doing," Burgner said.