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Lock Your Doors: Oswego Police Get Proactive on Car Burglaries

The vast majority of car burglaries target unlocked vehicles, police said.

Credit: File photo
Credit: File photo
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.
T Loeper April 06, 2014 at 04:45 PM
This is just plain common sense. Needing a sign to remind you of it, just shows you that the dumbing down of America continues.
Ron Apples April 06, 2014 at 04:51 PM
I always lock my house and car. Even when I'm in my house I lock it.
oswego resident April 07, 2014 at 09:15 AM
It's a stupid idea to have a big flashing sign on rt 34 or any other street to remind people to do something that that should be doing in the first place.
Kathy April 07, 2014 at 06:26 PM
You would be amazed how many people I know leave their doors unlocked, wallets and other items on the middle console....Me? Always lock up & hide valuables. Why make it easy for a criminal?
layla April 08, 2014 at 10:55 AM
My sons car was broken into at the McDonald's in Oswego. They shattered his window because his door was locked. I would rather leave my door unlocked with no valuables then have my window shattered. I figured they get nothing from my car either way but I don't have to go through the headache of getting a window fixed.

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