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Perrysburg police issue advice after break-ins PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Wednesday, 28 August 2013 10:09
PERRYSBURG - The Perrysburg Police Division is warning residents to be vigilant after a rash of car break-ins in the city.
A press release from the police division indicated that a number of thefts from vehicles have taken place throughout the city, and that "the vast majority of these thefts have been committed during the nighttime hours from vehicles that have been left unlocked by the vehicle owners."
These thefts often are crimes of opportunity that may be prevented by employing some cautionary measures, the report indicated
Suggestions from the police for how to combat these thefts include:
•    Ensure that car doors are locked every night, even when parked in a driveway or garage.
•    Never leave anything of value unattended in a vehicle that might appeal to persons committing these thefts.
•    Ensure that garage doors are closed at night and any time you are not at home.
•    Lock every door to your home at night and any time that your home is unattended.
•    Lock additional entry doors to the garage. Deadbolts on exterior doors provide enhanced home security.
•    Get to know neighbors and contact each other if you notice a garage door left open at night.
•    If you are up and around at night, look out of your window and call police immediately anytime you observe any unusual or suspicious activity.
•    Call police immediately if you hear any unusual noises that cause concern.
•    Talk to neighbors and encourage them to practice these proactive security measures.
•    Motion lights around the home are another inexpensive security device that may deter unwanted persons from being around a residence at night.
The release notes that "these thefts from vehicles are always a challenge for police to deal with. Many times success in stopping this activity and apprehending the individuals involved has resulted from city residents calling the police immediately upon observing someone or some unusual activity in their neighborhood."

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