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Car break-ins serve as reminder to take precautions PDF Print E-mail
Written by MITCH MAERSCH   
Wednesday, 17 January 2018 18:07

After a series of thefts in the Village of Belgium, Ozaukee County Sheriff’s Department is reminding residents to lock their cars parked outside and keep their valuables inside, including garage door openers.
Bitter cold was not a deterrent as the department fielded seven reports of unlocked vehicles being entered in the Lake Church area and the 100 block of Park Street at around 4 a.m. Jan. 4, Lt. Wayne Lambrecht said.
“Who knows if there were more? A lot of people won’t report it and chalk it up as a loss,” Lambrecht said.
The department has no leads, he said. The thefts are expected to be connected.
Thieves went through glove compartments and center consoles. In a couple of cases, garages were entered since residents kept their garage door openers in the cars, Lambrecht said.
He warned that once thieves are in the garage, they could enter the house if the entry door isn’t locked.
“It’s just a crime of opportunity. These criminals aren’t forcing entry. They’re just turning door handles,” Lambrecht said.
Lambrecht recommends not keeping garage door openers, keys or valuables in cars, even if they’re locked.
“It doesn’t take much to break the window,” he said.
He also recommends locking garage side entry doors.
Lambrecht said he doesn’t think the thefts are connected to a series of similar crimes a couple of weeks ago in Cedar Grove, since the Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Department had a suspect in custody.

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