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.