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Police: Lock Your Car Doors to Avoid Burglaries

A rash of car burglaries in Oswego has police pleading with residents to lock their car doors and their garage doors, and secure their valuables.

The has a simple favor to ask you. If you’re leaving your car outside, lock the doors.

Police have seen a rash of car burglaries lately, according to Chief Dwight Baird, and in every case, he said, the cars in question were left unlocked. He said he has sent alumni from the Citizens Police Academy and Police Explorers into affected neighborhoods with flyers urging people to lock their doors.

In a recent post to the Oswego Police Facebook page, officers repeated the same plea.

“Not one of the burglary to motor vehicles or criminal trespass to vehicles has occurred when the vehicle has been secured or the valuables have been removed,” police wrote. “In addition, please close your garage doors as well. Don’t become a victim of opportunity.”

If you see any suspicious activity, call 911 and report it, police said.

Here are some examples just from Tuesday, as taken from Oswego Police reports. In all cases, the cars were unlocked, police said.

  • Someone stole personal items valued at $23 from a vehicle parked in the 400 block of Deerfield Drive sometime before 6:20 a.m., police said.
  • Someone entered two unlocked vehicles in the 200 block of Ashcroft Court and stole an iPod valued at $300 sometime before 7 a.m., police said.
  • Someone stole about $30 in change from a vehicle parked in the 200 block of Ashcroft Lane sometime before 7:32 a.m., police said.
  • Someone stole a radar detector and $15 from a car in the 100 block of Linden Drive sometime before 7:35 a.m., police said.
  • Someone stole $8 in change from a car parked in the 500 block of Woodland Way sometime before 12:03 p.m., police said.
  • Someone took a GPS unit from a vehicle parked in the 400 block of Windsor Drive sometime before 4:50 p.m., police said.
TLC Carpet Floors and More, Inc. July 19, 2012 at 01:38 PM
Interesting? I thought when we were banded from parking in front of our own house it would stop all the street crime. Maybe its time to give out tickets if we leave $20 bucks in the car or keep the car door unlocked. Damn Homeowners are all criminals.
Oswego Gladys July 19, 2012 at 02:39 PM
A few years ago My family was a victim of theft and our car was locked they smashed the window! Along with my neighbor's truck. Crime never solved...either was the felony arson a year later.
Laura Harrison July 19, 2012 at 02:42 PM
I grew up in Chicago and of course there were no driveways so we had to park on the street. So when I moved to Oswego in 2003, i struggled to comprehend (and still do) and find the logic behind no parking on streets in front of your own house.
Chris M July 19, 2012 at 03:06 PM
Time for some curfew enforcement too - see way too many kids out that time of night with nothing to do...funny about that ban on parking on the street - the rental across the street from me with 3 or 4 families has 2 or 3 cars in the street practically every night...
Doug Peters July 19, 2012 at 03:39 PM
These all seem like petty theft and kids checking doors at night. If you have something a person wants in your car, they will break the window or jimmy it. Don't leave anything in your car you want to keep. The overnight street parking ban is designed to keep 3-4 families living in a one family home or rental. I am for it! However, my neighbor gets away with it every night. There's at least 3 families living there... been that way for years.
arbor gate July 19, 2012 at 03:54 PM
Heck and if no room in the drive - just park on your lawn. Right? As long as your doors are locked!
Illini Fan July 19, 2012 at 05:04 PM
Arbor Gate: Our side gate was wide open yesterday morning. Thankfully the kids had locked the shed. ( I've heard of one instance in Lakeview where they had gone into the shed.)
mike ellison July 19, 2012 at 05:41 PM
I ran into this problem years ago in Boulder Hill. Finally put up security cameras and own a night vision scope and a gun. I'd suggest to any kids who do this that they are playing russian roulette. Screw around in my yard and with my car at night and you won't leave there.
Carol Anaski-Figurski July 20, 2012 at 12:28 AM
I heard about missing GPS again and seen the crew in ashcroft handing outflyers. I started to leave the outside lights on as a result. I am suprised most people don;t even use the porch lights.
Richard R July 20, 2012 at 06:07 PM
YESSSSSSS! Mike way to use your constitutional right to bear arms on petty crime. And you justify it by making a comment you would shot and then ask questions later. Brilliant
mike ellison July 21, 2012 at 05:10 AM
Richard-- call it what you want. Most of these guys who break car windows and steal the contents hit a number of cars throughout the weekend. I can imagine the losses into the many thousands of dollars- hardly petty in my mind. If you've ever had your car broken in to then you're in for a few weeks dealing with insurance companies, probably take a least one day off of work to get your car fixed, and then pay higher insurance rates. Unless it's just a broken window then the bodywork can be into the thousands, like the time someone literally pullted my window back away from my car to gain entry. How about the cost of a new door along with the associated repainting to have everything matchup again. Try about $4,000 for that 'petty theft' alone. But the main issue is that I expect my family to be safe in our house. Any idiot that wants to start prowling around outside is not going to have the benefit of the doubt as to what they are doing. Go ahead punks, keep going at it until you hit the wrong house.
Xander Ieniss July 21, 2012 at 04:22 PM
Honestly, if you leave valuables in your car you are essentially putting up a sign that says "Steal Me!" If you leave you car unlocked you are essentially putting up a sign that says "Enter Me." Why do we have to waste the time of the police if you do not take the simple step of protecting your property by securing the doors and removing/hiding objects of opportunity? Look at it this way. You car is broken in to because you left your purse on the seat at LA Fitness (If I had a dollar for every time I see this, which is every time I am there) this means an officer has to respond to your cries for help. This takes him off the street so he cannot pull over the guy doing 60 down RT 34, who is actually endangering people's lives. Really, let us stop wasting the time of our police department and either take the steps to protect yourself from these petty criminals or just don't bother calling if it happens to you.
Doug Collie July 23, 2012 at 03:10 AM
Yes,I agree that we should take care in securing our property but where are the police? A rolling digital sign isn't a substitute for patrol cars.
JimmyJ July 23, 2012 at 03:51 AM
Everyone was worried about "those people" moving into that subsidized housing they were talking about. Sounds like they are here..
Carol Anaski-Figurski July 23, 2012 at 11:26 PM
What a riot. I have I can't believe they didn't form a teen task force from the OHS CSI group to finger print the car dooors. Great job for teens huh
CONCERNED CITIZEN July 24, 2012 at 06:41 AM
I disagree...People should be able to leave what they want in "THEIR" Cars...Just like we should be able to own what we want and keep it safely in our homes! It is OUR property...NOT a thieves property! We shouldn't have to LOCK anything to keep thugs out! The fact is my home has been robbed, as a result, My family never felt safe again in our home, Our homeowners insurance dropped us after our claim...and then recently we had vandals throw bricks through our windows of our cars....Thank God for insurance...But IT IS BS! PEOPLE....WATCH YOUR KIDS! Police...Stop going after innocent people and beat up people that deserve it! Take them to the cleaners at the courts...We should be able to live peacefully and trust one another! We should be able to entrust that our tax money is going to the right place and that is to POLICE THAT PROTECT AND SERVE!
TLC Carpet Floors and More, Inc. August 15, 2012 at 09:58 PM
Hows that no parking working?
TLC Carpet Floors and More, Inc. August 15, 2012 at 10:04 PM
Is it against the law to have something of value in your car? I missed that law being signed. I think its still against the law to take something that is not yours. Maybe less seat belt road blocks and more night shift duty.

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