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Police urge residents to lock their cars

November 3, 2011
By J.T. Whitehouse
Canfield Police are urging residents to keep their cars locked and their valuables in their homes. This recommendation comes after a recent rash of driveway break-ins.

“We are off the charts with theft from autos,” said Assistant police Chief Scott Weamer.

He said over the past week his department has had numerous calls concerning cars broken into and personal items stolen. He said it seems the thieves will work one street and target cars parked in driveways.

“The vast majority of thefts have been from vehicles during the overnight hours. He said the thieves target a street and check any vehicle parked outside.

“When it happens, it is in clusters,” Weamer said, “they are hitting several properties in the same neighborhood.”

Among the common stolen items are loose change, valuables and GPS systems.

While police are working to catch the thieves, homeowners are asked to take precautions by ensuring their vehicles are locked.

“If you leave your car parked outside overnight, lock it,” Weamer said. “Be aware of private property inside the vehicle also.”


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