Rash of thefts from vehicles prompts these recommendations


The Michigan City Police Department is advising residents keep their vehicles secure to prevent break-ins and avoid being easy targets for thieves.

Summer is the most popular season for vehicle thefts and break-ins. Items such as cellphones, laptops, purses and other valuable items left in vehicles are targets for thieves. Most vehicle break-ins are crimes of opportunity and occur when valuables are left out in the open and vehicle are unlocked. Always locking your vehicle and bring all valuables with you when you exit your vehicle.

Here are a few tips to help you from being a victim of theft:

— Take your keys. Don’t leave them in your vehicle.

— Close all windows and lock all doors.

— Never leave valuables in your vehicle. Anything stored inside your vehicle should be out of sight or in the trunk.

— Never leave credit cards/debit cards, cash or your wallet or purse inside of your vehicle overnight.

— Park in well-lit areas with good visibility or inside a garage if possible. Install lights with motion sensors near where you park your vehicle.

— Get in the routine of double-checking that your vehicle is locked and secure each night around 9 p.m.

The MCPD also wants to remind the public that you can contact the department via Facebook Messenger, through its crime tip hotline number of 219-873-1488, or via the WeTip Hotline for General Crime (800) 78-CRIME (and possibly receive a reward upon an arrest and conviction). All WeTip call information is sent directly to the La Porte County Prosecutor’s Office. You can always request to remain anonymous.

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