A recent string of crimes has police in East Grand Rapids reminding residents to lock their doors.
According to police, six vehicles have been stolen since August. In addition, there has been an increase in the number of vehicle break-ins.
Police say in each crime, the car doors were unlocked and, in the case of the stolen vehicles, keys were left inside.
“We cannot stress enough the importance of locking your car doors,” Captain Rick Buikema said in a press release. “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.”
The most recent crimes have occurred around or after midnight. Police have reason to believe they 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 is also reminding residents to call 9-1-1 if they see suspicious behavior.
If you have any questions or know anything about these crimes, please call police at 616-949-7010.