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Posted on: October 13, 2016

Public Safety to Residents: Please Lock Your Doors

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In light of recent break-ins, East Grand Rapids Public Safety is strongly encouraging residents to lock their doors.

Since April, there have been eight vehicles stolen in the City, six of which have occurred since the beginning of August. This is coupled with an increase in the number of vehicle larcenies, which often results in stolen items. In every single instance, the vehicle doors were unlocked and, in the case of the stolen vehicles, keys left in the vehicle.

“We cannot stress enough the importance of locking your car doors,” Captain Rick Buikema said. “We work very hard to create a safe community, but it’s important to remember that ‘bad guys’ don’t have borders. They may come from other communities searching for easy targets – like unlocked cars.”

Public Safety officials said that the most recent wave of larceny has taken place around or after midnight. Officers believe that the crimes are related.

Since the beginning of October, there have been three specific early mornings that resulted in multiple incidents:
• Monday, Oct. 3: Four unlocked vehicles were opened and had items stolen. One unlocked vehicle with the keys in it was stolen.
• Tuesday, Oct. 12: Six unlocked vehicles were opened and had items stolen. One bike was stolen out of an unlocked garage.
• Wednesday, Oct. 13: One unlocked car was opened and had items stolen. One unlocked vehicle with the keys in it was stolen.

“Prevention is the most effective way to keep our City safe,” Buikema said. “It takes a half-second to lock your car, which could be the difference between keeping your property safe and having it stolen.”

EGR Public Safety encourages residents to call 9-1-1 if they see suspicious behavior.

If you ever have any questions or have information on these incidents, please contact the EGR Public Safety at 616.949.7010.

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