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Unlocked cars in the city again proving to be a magnet for thieves

Once again, local law enforcement is reminding people to lock up their cars, because unlocked vehicles seem to act as an invitation to thieves to help themselves to whatever they find inside.

From Jan. 13 through Jan. 20, Batavia PD received reports of items stolen from 12 unlocked vehicles at various locations throughout the city.

The thief or thieves took cash, change, purses, wallets, GPS units and other electronic items.

The larcenies were reported on South Main Street, Pearl Street, Franklin Street, Brooklyn Avenue, Meadowcrest Drive, Trumbull Parkway, Elm Street and Swan Street.

"The larcenies are believed to have been committed by persons walking in the neighborhoods during the evening hours," according to a Batavia PD press release.

To report suspicious activity in your neighborhood, call (585) 343-5000.

Mary E DelPlato
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Joined: Jul 29 2008

all of batavia is becoming a target...sad the world we live in now...

Kyle Slocum
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Joined: Jan 30 2012

The simple truth is that the people looking to lift your stuff are lazy and paranoid about getting caught. If your car door is locked, they will move on to the next car and try again.

There are always plenty of unlocked cars to lift things from out here where we have police forces that respond to our complaints. Our urban cousins have learned to lock up their cars. Their criminals have learned to break into them. Then their police forces have been made to not respond to property crimes because of inadequate staffing...

Be careful Batavia. Be very careful.

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