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CR Police: Lock your doors, prevent crime

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Cedar Rapids Police are warning the public after a rash of thefts from vehicles over the last few days. Since May 15th, officers have taken 18 reports.

Items taken include cash, lotto tickets, wallets, purses, as well as tablets, laptops, medications and two guns.

Only 3 victims had locked their vehicles, police say. Now, authorities hope that will change.

"Theft from vehicle is a persistent crime problem, and traditionally increases in the upcoming summer months, but many of these thefts can be prevented," wrote Greg Beulow, Public Safety Information Coordinator for the city. "One of the most effective ways to prevent the theft of valuables from a vehicle is to always lock your vehicle's door and make sure that the windows are closed. Although thieves may break windows or punch locks to gain entry into a vehicle, they will also enter unlocked vehicles that have valuables in plain view. Lock your vehicle's doors even if you are running inside a place for just a few minutes."

Police also recommend you not leave valuables in plain site, and park your car in a well-lit area.

Officers are also seeing an increase in keys left in vehicles, and warn against that. In May, police have received 15 reports of stolen vehicles. 8 victims had left their car unlocked.

The same goes for homes, authorities say. Between 3 and 6 a.m. Wednesday, five burglaries were reported on the Northeast side. Two had left their doors unlocked.

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