Don’t go to sleep without doing so first, police say in a new alert

We all want to go to sleep at night without worrying about our safety or the well-being of our family. But unfortunately there are criminals who threaten our security and most of them prefer to do it after sunset. In the face of a new crime trend, police have issued an urgent warning about a necessary step you must take to protect yourself and your property. Read on to find out what they ask of you before you go to bed.

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The police regularly warn of new tricks that burglars, thieves and other criminals use to gain access to your home. Even if you have a security system, you could fall for simple downsides: some of the latest plans have thieves dress up in disguise, fool you by donning pest control uniforms, or inquire about home repairs or water problems. Once they gain a little trust, suspects will break into your home and steal jewelry, money, and other valuables.

Cars are also a common target for criminals, and they have started putting fake parking tickets on windshields and fraudulent QR codes on parking meters to steal your money. These crimes usually happen in public, but your car isn’t safe even outside your own home, police now say.

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Police in New York have issued a warning to residents following a spate of car break-ins in recent weeks. In a crime prevention alert posted on Facebook on Sept. 21, the East Hampton Town Police Department said it was “experiencing another series of vehicle thefts and thefts from vehicles parked in driveways on the east end.”

The series of crimes appears to be part of a larger organized effort The East Hampton Star, affecting Montauk, Amagansett and Springs, New York. As of September 29, no suspects had been identified.

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Thieves steal wallets, individual debit cards, purses and iPhones in the dark of night, pro The East Hampton Star, and some even had the audacity to steal entire vehicles. A 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee was stolen from the driveway of a Montauk resident who was later identified by police using license plate trackers.

“We are currently working with all of our victims to identify possible suspects,” Sergeant Ryan HoganA spokesman for the East Hampton Town Police Department said the outlet.

Crucially, criminals generally, but not always, target unlocked vehicles. Therefore, police asked residents to “please take some basic steps to help us protect your property.”

“Please lock your vehicles, remove keys or fobs and remove all valuables from your vehicle, lock your home and watch for suspicious activity during the night hours,” the police department’s Facebook post said.

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To make matters worse, these thefts are not isolated incidents, as similar reports have surfaced across the country. Police in Westlake, Ohio, were investigating four unlocked vehicle break-ins earlier this month, WOIO reported.

In late August, a string of overnight burglaries occurred in Ashville, Ohio, targeting “dozens” of unlocked vehicles, according to reports The Scioto Post. Again, police urged residents to always lock their car doors and not leave wallets, valuables and firearms inside.

The Illinois Village of Hinsdale Police Department also warned residents of “much overnight stolen car activity” in the area, with perpetrators again pursuing unlocked vehicles in which owners had also left key fobs inside. “While Hinsdale did not lose any vehicles in this recent rampage, we want local residents to know that the perpetrators are clearly trying to work the neighborhoods in our area to find cars to steal,” the Facebook post read. “Don’t give them the opportunity.”

Police went on to stress that locking car doors and securing trailers “every night” helps with patrol duties and “keeps the bad guys out of town.” Don’t go to sleep without doing so first, police say in a new alert

Sarah Y. Kim

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