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Lindenhurst police chief: Unlocked vehicles tempting for burglars

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Always lock the doors to your vehicle, even when you are away from the vehicle for a short time.

Park in well-lit areas. At home, park your vehicle near porch lights. If you cannot park in a garage, install motion-detection lights, which will illuminate your driveway at night.

Do not leave windows or sunroof open.

Remove all valuables from your vehicle. If you can’t take personal property with you, lock items in the trunk away from public view.

Avoid leaving your garage door opener in your car if possible.

Do not leave items with personal information in your vehicle.

Set any alarm or anti-theft device that is installed on your vehicle.

Source: Lindenhurst Police Department

Updated: January 14, 2013 4:49PM

Following a rash of burglaries to unlocked vehicles, Police Chief Kevin Klahs is asking residents to remove valuables and electronic devices, and lock their cars.

Police are aggressively following leads and hope to make arrests soon.

“Motor vehicle burglaries are almost always done as a spree and at night. Unfortunately, this has also extended to thefts from unlocked garages, so don’t be surprised if you get a knock on your door after dark and a police officer asks you to close and lock your garage door,” said Klahs. “We are being proactive right now and looking for any suspicious behavior or residences and vehicles that might be vulnerable.”

While an unlocked vehicle is an easy target it is what is left inside the vehicle in plain sight that tempts the thief to commit the crime.

“We’ve had many electronic devices, including laptops, GPS units and cellphones stolen, as well as most recently wallets and purses stolen from locked vehicles,” the chief said. “Entry was gained by breaking car windows to steal cash and credit cards that were used fraudulently.”

The bottom line is criminals, whether pros or kids, take advantage of unlocked vehicles, garages and houses, especially after dark, he noted.

“People are busy and they forget to lock their doors and vehicles. They believe their belongings are safe because we live in a low-crime area,” said Klahs.

“We are asking residents to help us by locking everything, especially after dark, and call us if they see anything suspicious,” said Klahs. Residents may call the police department at (847) 356-5400 or notify Lake County Crimestoppers by calling (847) 662-2222.

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