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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.
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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