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Lock your vehicles

Police say theft from autos an ongoing problem

 By Mark Newman, News Staff 

It takes just a few seconds.

Someone will walk up to your car or truck and try the door handle.

If the vehicle is locked they’ll move on, but if it’s not they’ll steal anything of value they can find.

According to Hamilton Police acting sergeant and Division 3 crime manager Stephen Whalen, theft from unlocked autos remains a serious concern on the Mountain.

“It’s still probably the number one problem up here,” said Whalen who encourages the public to make sure the doors of their vehicles are locked.

Whalen said not a day goes by without a report coming in from someone who had something stolen from their car or truck that was left unlocked.

He noted theft from autos remains a Mountain-wide problem.

In most cases Whalen said the thefts occur in parking lots during the daylight hours and from residential driveways at night.

“If there’s something there to take, they’ll take it, said Whalen. “Sometimes they won’t shut your door and you’ll wake up to a dead battery.”

Whalen said police are working on a video to educate the public about theft from autos and to remind them to lock their doors.

The video should be on the Hamilton Police Facebook page and on their YouTube channel in the coming days.

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