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Residents need to watch warm-ups

January 24, 2013
GROSSE POINTE SHORES — Watch out for warm-up auto thefts.

Thieves like it when homeowners leave their cars idling and unattended while warming up on cold winter mornings.

“The first thing I do in the morning is drive through the community,” said John Schulte, Grosse Pointe Shores public safety director. “I see a lot of warm-ups.”

Although warm-up thefts aren’t a current problem, police recommend residents to be wary.

Unattended vehicles are easy pickings for opportunists on the lookout.

Schulte offered the advice in an update on department activities.

“We have begun a comprehensive review within the department, intensified our fire response through the automatic aid program and begun cross-training officers to become more efficient,” Schulte said.

As for road patrols, the department’s new Ford Explorer is in service.

“We had one good snow and it worked really well,” Schulte said.

Lastly, subscribing to the statewide Courts and Law Enforcement Management Information System (CLEMIS) database allows public safety officers to do more paperwork in less time.

In-car computers let officers access criminal histories and write incident reports on scene rather than heading back to headquarters.

“We now have ticket printers in the cars,” Schulte said. “It makes it more legible and quicker.”

The new system also lets officers diagram traffic crash scenes on-site and, once back at the station, use bar codes to document evidence in the property room.

“It leaves less room for error and greater possibility for prosecution,” Schulte said.

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