Summit County sheriff reminds residents, visitors to lock car doors
The Summit County Sheriff’s Office is reminding local residents to remove valuables from their cars and make sure the doors are locked following numerous reports of theft.
During the course of the last month sheriff’s office deputies have responded to several reports of theft and vehicle trespass of unlocked vehicles, particularly in the vicinity of Dillon Valley and Summit Cove, according to a Summit County Sheriff’s Office news release. Many of the thefts have occurred in clusters, with multiple incidents being reported in the same area during about the same.
Stolen items include wallets and purses containing credit cards and cash, as well as iPads and other small electronics. In one instance, two bags of groceries were reported as missing, the release stated.
“Lock your vehicle every time you leave it, even in the driveway of your home,” said Summit County Sheriff John Minor in the release. “We can increase overnight patrols, but the ultimate responsibility falls to the vehicle owner. Don’t set yourself up to be a victim.”
With the holiday shopping season approaching, the Sheriff’s Office reminds both residents and visitors to Summit County to never leave anything of value in your car —even where you consider it hidden.
Drivers who absolutely need to leave something of value in their vehicle should lock the items in the trunk, the sheriff’s office recommends, and never leave keys in the vehicle, even if just stopping for a short while.
Residents are asked to report unfamiliar vehicles and persons roaming neighborhoods and parking lots during the late evening and early morning hours by calling Summit County Dispatch at 668-8600.
Anyone with information regarding the thefts is asked to contact the Summit County Sheriff’s Office at 453-2232.
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