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Middletown police warning of vehicle ‘smash and grab’ thefts

Posted 8/21/19

Middletown police are warning residents about a recent rash of “smash and grabs” where thieves smash the window of a car to steal small but valuable items from inside.

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Middletown police warning of vehicle ‘smash and grab’ thefts

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Middletown police are warning residents about a recent rash of “smash and grabs” where thieves smash the window of a car to steal small but valuable items from inside.

Police recommend residents not leave valuables like cash, purses, wallets, electronic devices and laptops in your vehicle — especially not where these items are plainly visible to a thief from outside, according to a post on the borough Crimewatch website.

Police say if you must keep valuables in your vehicle, secure them out of sight in the trunk.

Never leave keys in an unattended vehicle, and always lock your vehicle to at least provide some deterrence to a thief.

Police say the cases they are seeing are happening in broad daylight and that the thieves are targeting vehicles parked in places like public pools and fitness center parking lots.

The incidents are being reported by police in surrounding communities as well.

If you hear or observe suspicious activity, police ask that you notify them by calling 911.