The Wright County Sheriff’s Office is issuing a bit of a warning this week as warmer temperatures have been accompanied by some additional illegal activities in Wright County neighborhoods.
Neighborhood bulletin boards on Facebook and other social media outlets have reported some activities, including a couple of car break-ins. Sheriff Joe Hagerty said people need to take a bit of extra time to make sure vehicles are cleaned out before they head inside for the night.
“If you have to leave that vehicle outside, take out the laptop or tablet and the extra change. It’s only going to invite someone to grab something out of your car,” he said. “And don’t leave a garage door opener in the vehicle. You’re giving someone a way inside.”
Here are a few crime prevention tips to keep you from being a victim:
•Do not leave valuables in your vehicles (GPS devices, stereo equipment, cell phones, iPods, purses, laptops, TV/DVD Players, tools, garage door opener controllers, etc are all tempting to would be thieves)
•Lock your vehicle (The majority of thefts are preventable if the vehicle is locked)
•Close your overhead garage doors (Keeping garage doors closed can keep your property safe by limiting visibility from the street and potential thieves)
•Lock the entrance door(s) to your residences and garages
•Call 9-1-1 immediately if you see suspicious activity in your neighborhood
By taking a few simple steps citizens can significantly reduce their chances of being the victim of a crime.