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Chief: Unlocked vehicles are being targeted by thieves
Port Vue police are advising borough residents to keep their car doors locked when their vehicles are unattended, and to make sure any door-to-door solicitors are properly registered.
Police Chief David J. Petruski said that during the early morning hours on Monday, someone rifled through unlocked vehicles parked on the street and in driveways. Only one minor theft has been reported so far, he said.
The suspects “are searching through the cars and tossing the contents throughout the inside of the vehicle,” Petruski said in a emailed release.
Residents should lock their vehicles and remove valuables from them before parking them overnight, he said. “These actors are not making forced entry into vehicles, they are checking door handles and taking advantage of the unlocked cars,” Petruski said. “Lock your doors!”
Meanwhile, police are cautioning residents that if a door-to-door salesperson comes to their home, they have the right to ask for a photo ID card and their valid Port Vue solicitation permit.
“Do not let anyone inside your home or provide any personal information,” Petruski said. “If any of these people refuse to comply with your requests for ID or permit, ask them to leave your property and call 911.”
Originally published November 29, 2021.