Dearborn Police are urging motorists to keep valuables out of sight whenever leaving their vehicles. Lock them up in the trunk or stow them in the glove compartment. Also, be sure to keep your vehicle locked at all times.
Another crime that is emerging in neighboring communities involves thieves breaking into a vehicle and stealing the victim's garage door opener, along with the vehicle registration or GPS unit. Using the registration or GPS unit to identify the owner’s home address, the thieves then go to the home and gain entry by using the garage door opener.
Residents should consider adding garage door openers to the list of items kept out of plain sight in their vehicles. Some recommend removing the garage door opener altogether, as well as taking anything with your address on it whenever leaving your vehicle.
The Dearborn Police Department has increased patrols in neighborhoods and stepped up the use of plainclothes surveillance officers (the latter being funded by a grant award). These measures, along with Dearborn’s Neighborhood Watch program, have helped deter vehicle larcenies and led to the arrest of suspected thieves throughout the city.
If you see suspicious activity in your neighborhood, call the Neighborhood Watch program at 943-3030.