The Orange Police received numerous calls on Saturday morning, July 18, of reports of cars being entered during the overnight hours. Ten vehicles, nine of which were left unlocked, parked in private residential driveways. One vehicle, whose keys were left inside, was stolen and dropped across town in another neighborhood.
The affected areas were Manley Heights, Wellington Drive, Woodland Lane, Barton Drive and Christian Circle.
The Department is asking residents to take several crime prevention steps to help stem these thefts from vehicles.
1) Lock your cars. Forcing entry into a car is the exception not the norm. Often residents do not want their cars damaged so they leave them unlocked. Open cars present a crime of opportunity, more often than not criminals will bypass locked vehicles
2) Leave no valuables in vehicles over night. Criminals will peer into cars and if they see something worth taking, they will. If it looks very valuable they may take the extra risk and force entry. This is easily avoidable by stowing GPS units and other valuables in locked glove boxes or center consoles or by taking them inside.
3) Light the night. Leave outside lights on. For the pennies it costs to leave outside lights on you gain a tremendous amount of crime prevention. During the night, someone on foot can hear or see a patrol car approaching and easily slip into the shadows. By leaving lights on or installing motion lights , it takes these opportunities away.
4) Never leave keys in the vehicle. Unfortunately, we live in a time when it’s just not sensible to leave keys in your car. Please, Lock your cars and bring the keys inside.
Criminals work on the pretence of Opportunity, Ability and Target… We can control two of these by hardening the target and reducing opportunity. As always if you hear or see something, day or night, report it by calling 203-891-2130.