CITY OF ST. CHARLES: Thwart Would-Be Burglars—Lock Your Car Doors
City of St. Charles issued the following announcement on Sept. 17.
The St. Charles Police Department has received reports of several burglaries in the area from cars over the past few weeks. We would like to remind residents, when cars are parked outside to:
Always lock car doors
Never leave house keys in the car
Close all windows completely
Most thefts from vehicles involve items left in plain view. If you must keep your things in the car, be sure to stow them away so they are out of sight. As a precaution, remove any detachable stereos, GPS devices, garage door openers, etc., when you leave your vehicle.
“Car burglaries can be very quick. Thieves can be in and out of a car in under a minute,” said St. Charles Police Commander of Investigations Chuck Pierce. “Cars parked in driveways overnight and left unlocked provide opportunities for thieves who move quietly and do not want to draw attention to themselves. However, cars parked in large, open parking lots during the day, such as shopping centers or large recreational events, that have valuables left out in the open can entice thieves to break car windows to steal the items.”
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