Baltimore County Police are reminding residents to be wary of car thefts, as a recent rash of automobile break ins have occurred across the county.
“There is a way to stop some of these thefts – lock your doors,” read a statement from the police department. They acknowledge this is not necessarily a “fool proof” plan to thwart break ins, but a lot of thieves are opportunists, simply trying door handles on cars until something opens, then ransacking the cars once inside.
Police acknowledge most people are aware of locking their cars while at work, school, shopping, or generally out and about, but that people often are more relaxed or careless when they are home. Thieves tend to take cellphones, laptops, or other things of value, even change from the cup holders. If house keys are left in cars, thieves can steal them and then gain access to homes for further pillaging. The same is true for garage door openers, as thieves can steal these and then access your garage, stealing valuables like bikes, lawn equipment, or additional vehicles.
“Don’t get a fall sense of security just because the vehicle is in front of your home or in your driveway,” police said. “Lock your doors!”