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Simple advice from police: lock car doors to prevent thefts

By Dan Miller, danmiller@pressandjournal.com
Posted 5/17/17

Middletown police have some simple advice for people who park their cars in the borough.

Don’t leave the doors of your car or truck unlocked. If you do, you are inviting a theft from your …

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Simple advice from police: lock car doors to prevent thefts

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Middletown police have some simple advice for people who park their cars in the borough.

Don’t leave the doors of your car or truck unlocked. If you do, you are inviting a theft from your vehicle.

The borough in recent weeks has been seeing an uptick of thefts from parked cars and trucks, said Officer Mark Laudenslager.

Many of these involve vehicles that are parked in the lots of large apartment complexes such as Pineford.

For example, police are investigating one theft from a vehicle that was reported in the lot of the Dogwood Building of Pineford on Monday, May 15.

People who park their vehicles in lots should be especially careful to lock their doors, Laudenslager said.

It’s easier for a thief to break into a car that is parked in a lot than when the vehicle is parked on the street, he said. Most people when they see someone walk up to a car in a lot assume that the person is approaching their own vehicle.

Just locking your doors prevents vehicle thefts in the vast majority of cases, Laudenslager said. Most thieves are not going to go to the trouble of trying to break into a car or truck that is locked.

If you see any suspicious activity around a parked vehicle, give borough police a call at 902-0627, or 558-6900 after hours.

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