Police Investigate More Thefts from Local Vehicles
LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – “Numerous thefts from vehicles incidents” kept Lower Pottsgrove Police Department officers busy Saturday (Nov. 14, 2020) responding to locations throughout the township, its CrimeWatch website reported. The department said it is investigating the thefts, and asked anyone who may have information regarding them to call 610-326-1508.
Thieves taking items from vehicles have recently plagued two other communities. Incidents arose during the last week of October in Douglass (Berks) Township, and during early November in Upper Providence and Upper Pottsgrove townships.
Law enforcement professionals regularly remind vehicle owners that they have the power to stop a majority of thefts from vehicles. The thefts represent crimes of opportunity, experts say, indicating that what car owners do, or fail to do, can make the difference whether thieves strike. Their tips:
- Remember to lock your vehicle;
- Remove articles of value when leaving vehicles unattended, or at least move them to where they are hidden and not seen through windows; and
- Report anything you believe to be suspicious in nature, and particularly during late night and early morning hours.
Experts claim some people argue they feel it’s better to leave cars unlocked, believing potential criminals will cause more damage by smashing windows or doing other things to gain entry. Those instances rarely occur, police indicated.