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GP Police: Lock Vehicle Doors, Prevent Thefts

Police in the Grosse Pointes are urging residents to take valuable out of vehicles and to lock vehicles to deter thefts. A variety of investigations are underway in the Pointes related to such thefts.

police are investigating the theft of a wallet from a vehicle parked in the 400 block of Bournemouth Road in which the thief already tried to use a credit card at a local gas station.

The owner discovered the theft early Friday.

Both of his vehicles, which were unlocked, had been opened and items were stolen, including his wallet, a pair of prescription sunglasses and a cell phone charger. The man had his driver's license, social security card and a debit card in his wallet, according to a report.

Bank officials provided information the man about purchases that had already been made with the card since not being in his control. One included a local gas station and another included a business in Detroit, according to the report.

Detective John Walko said he spent much of Friday attempting to gather evidence, including video surveillance from the businesses that could be valuable in the investigation.

The best practice for vehicle owners is to remove valuables anytime they are not occupying their vehicle, Walko said, and to lock it.

In another case, Grosse Pointe Farms police are investigating the theft of several items from a vehicle parked in the 400 block of Maison. The theft happened overnight April 28 to 29. The owner reported a laptop computer and a GPS unit were stolen, according to a report.

Meanwhile, police are investigating the theft of a GPS unit from a car parked in the 800 block of Lincoln Road. The theft happened overnight from May 2 to May 3, according to a report.

Then, police are investigating the theft of a license plate from a vehicle parked in the 800 block of Hollywood Avenue. The owner discovered the theft early April 27 and reported that it happened overnight, according to a report.

City of Grosse Pointe police issued an alert late Friday reminding residents of the important of not making thefts from vehicles easy for criminals. Remove valuables and lock the car, which makes stealing less attrative, according to the alert.

The department of public safety has experienced an "upswing" in thefts from vehicles with the recent warmer weather, prompting the alert.

If valuables must be left in a vehicle and there is no possible way for them to be removed, police recommend covering them up.

Officers in the Pointes have emphasized these precautions frequently as often thefts from a vehicle are a crime of opportunity and a locked door may actually prevent thefts from happening.

Ken Eatherly May 05, 2012 at 03:06 PM
Really have to wonder what some folks think the locks on their car doors are for: Might as well put a display case out by the curb, loaded with valuables and a sign that says FREE STUFF!
Dave Andrews May 05, 2012 at 07:43 PM
Come on Ken, no need to be so tough on residents. We moved here, live here for many reasons (schools, parks, city services and maybe above all our safety), we shouldn't have to worry about our vehicles in our driveways. Let's toss in a few more dollars each year to hire extra police officers and keep Our Poiintes a sharp, safe place to live and raise a family.
walden schmidt May 06, 2012 at 12:46 AM
I don’t want to pay more taxes for additional police because some people can not be responsible or think it’s the 1950’s or we’re in Mayberry RFD. These are crimes of opportunity. If you eliminate the opportunity, you eliminate the crime. It's that simple.
Bill May 06, 2012 at 08:43 AM
I think the above poster is wrong and that view be it 1950 or 2050 is saying more crime is ok. I would pay more than a few dollars for more cops
Chris K May 06, 2012 at 12:07 PM
The residents in this community need to be the eyes and ears of the police departments. The police departments need to organize Neighborhood Watch programs and have the training programs televised on the War Memorial television stations. This is NOT Mayberry RFD because we aren't looking out for one another.
walden schmidt May 06, 2012 at 07:27 PM
More crime is o.k., ARE YOU JOKING? What I’m saying is that petty crime happens everywhere, Grosse Pointe is not special. Until people realize this and change their behavior these crimes will continue to happen because they do not require a special skill or tools and can be committed in a matter of seconds. A thief walks down the sidewalk, when they see a car with valuables, they try the door handle. If it’s locked they continue walking; if it’s open they grab the valuables before moving on. The residents can help reduce these crimes by not leaving valuables in their cars or if they must, put them where they are not visible and lock the doors. Also, if you see something that doesn't look right, call the police.
Katie May 09, 2012 at 02:17 PM
There is a group of GP’ers who think they are immune or believe they are in ‘Stepford’. Criminals know this and they capitalize on these easy opportunities. They do know we have excellent police who are quick responders, but as long as the ‘word on the street’ is that some GPer’s live in another world, criminals will continue to visit and watch for opportunities on all of us. Personally I find it offensive every time I read one of these crime reports where the victim has essentially contributed to an easy opportunity, taken our police resources away from other activities and put responsible residents at risk. Maybe the police departments should begin charging $100 each time they need to use taxpayer funds and their time/energy to babysit these special victims.
Megan May 09, 2012 at 03:55 PM
I understand the desire to want to be able to leave your possessions anywhere you like on your property, but people need to come to terms with reality. It is not safe. If you leave your wallet or purse in your car it will be stolen. It sucks, because maybe it was not always this way, but it is a fact of life now. I wish we had more of a police presence in the 400 blocks of the Farms. We are always on the front line when it comes to crime, and not just stupid crimes of opportunity like the ones mentioned above. There are all sorts of people drifting in and out. I am not worried about getting my car broken into. I am worried about letting my child scooter around the neighborhood unattended because I am concerned with who she might meet along the way. How about the police stop trolling Lakeshore for speeders (and other easy targets) and actually look out for the needs of their citizens?
Katie May 09, 2012 at 06:16 PM
Megan, it’s not the police. It’s a GPF culture issue: A city council where the majority are in the Lake district and are immune or oblivious to what goes on in the Inland district and a newly elected city council member who presents himself as if he couldn’t care less. City administrators fielding phone calls from Lake district residents about some squirrel running loose in the backyard… Police/fire having to respond/use resources when a prominent Lakeshore resident set fire to Moross /Lakeshore because overgrowth screws up his view of the lake... Fighting neighbors on Provencal over real estate… Maybe relocating Police/Fire/Administration (City Council meetings!) at Mack/Moross should be revisited?
Megan May 09, 2012 at 11:55 PM
Agreed, Katie!
FarmsResident May 10, 2012 at 03:01 AM
Agree Katie! Mack and Moross is a great location! Sometimes common sense ain't so common.
Jason R. May 10, 2012 at 10:26 AM
Agree!!!!! Mack and Moross is the best place for a new police headquarters. However, the city government will never approve that since Mayor Farquar lives on Kerby by the police station now. The city government needs to wake up and do what's right for the community!

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