Public Urged to Lock Cars, Keep Valuables Out of Sight
Police say valuables left in plain view on the front seat of a car or dashboard are just an invitation for a thief.
With a rash of car break-ins reported Thursday night in Danvers – a similar incident was reported in a Peabody fitness club parking lot – police urge people to lock their cars and keep any valuables out of sight.
In Danvers, three cars parked outside Boston North Fitness Centers were broken into that night, about an hour later from the third reported theft at 7:53 p.m., another car break-in was reported at the Hardcover Restaurant. Just after 11 p.m., a car break-in was reported on South Liberty Street at the Peabody line.
In most cases, laptops, purses or other valuable items were left in plain view.
“It just invites a car to get broken into,” said Police Lt. Dana Milne. Another oft-stolen item in car break-ins is GPS units, which are often left sitting on the dashboard.
Milne said that if anyone passing by sees any suspicious activity, they should notify police, or even if they see a situation ripe for a theft to happen.
“Call on your cell phone and we can try to get a plate number…It would be helpful if we got the public involved,” he said.