LIMERICK PA – Want to rid yourself of valuable personal stuff in a hurry? Leave it in your car, and leave the doors unlocked.
Like other things seasonally cyclical – among them: warm summer weather, constantly growing grass, and kids out of school – it’s that time of year when thefts from vehicles take an ominous increase. Lower Pottsgrove and Limerick township police departments recognize their municipalities are not immune.
Limerick twice last week (Tuesday and Thursday, June 18 and 20, 2013) on its Facebook page reported thieves took GPS units, designer sunglasses, cash, and a laptop computer from parked vehicles in the Linfield Farms and Montgomery Brooke housing communities, and on Foxcroft Drive. None of the targeted vehicles were locked.
In Lower Pottsgrove during May, the month for which latest statistics are available, its police department logged two service calls for thefts from vehicles involving goods valued at $200 or more; two more for thefts valued at between $50 and $200; three for thefts involving values of $50 or less; and three more attempted thefts that apparently were unsuccessful.
“This type of incident occurs in every neighborhood … and the actors are usually found to live nearby,” Limerick’s department warned. “The best defense is to LOCK YOUR VEHICLE and call 911 immediately to report suspicious activity,” it added, placing its own emphasis in capitalized letters.
Limerick police also acknowledged that some car owners, having left their car doors unlocked, sometimes feel too embarrassed to report the crime. Don’t be, they urged. Victims need to let police know what’s happened, if only to keep themselves and neighboring property owners safe in the future. Besides, given the lack of intelligence often displayed by thieves, the odds are good they’ll be caught and those who made reports will have their stuff returned.
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