Several vehicles have been broken into in the Cleveland area over the last couple of weeks, as well as property thefts in carports and around houses.
Cleveland Police Chief Buster Bingham would like to remind everyone to please lock their vehicles and do not leave any valuables or holiday gifts inside. Several vehicles have been gone through the last few days! Please be cautious of your surroundings.
Smash-and-grab thieves typically aren’t criminal masterminds who craft clever schemes to swipe your stuff. Most are casual opportunists. They see something they like, so they break in and take it. So before you get out of your car, make sure your valuables are out of sight. Never leave these things lying out on your seats, dashboard, or floor:
Purse or wallet
Laptop (or its bag)
A briefcase or backpack
An MP3 player or other small electronics
CDs if you still use them
Cash – yes, even loose change/coins
Your keys – it actually happens!