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Police urge residents to lock vehicles

Three motor vehicle break-ins between Sunday and Monday have Jamestown Police Chief Scott Edinger urging residents to lock the doors on their vehicles and their garages.

Two vehicles were broken into on Monday between 7 and 9 a.m. in Jamestown, according to police reports. Items taken were a global positioning system unit and cash. A hand-held video game system was taken from another vehicle around 2:53 p.m. Sunday as well.

Edinger said the police department sees an increase in vehicle break-ins this time of year.

“The weather gets warmer and school is out,” Edinger said about possible reasons for increases in vehicle break-ins.

The biggest contributing factor for vehicle break-ins is opportunity, Edinger said.

“Most of the break-ins we see are from unlocked vehicles. People don’t lock their vehicles around here,” he said.

Edinger said people should also lock their garages and not leave keys in their vehicles.

“Just about every stolen vehicle report we’ve had over the last few years were due to people leaving the keys in their car,” he said.

Anyone with information about the break-ins that happened Sunday and Monday are asked to call the Jamestown Police Department at 252-2414.