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Beline Obeid
July 11, 2013
GROSSE POINTE FARMS — Two unlocked vehicles parked at a house in the 300 block of Hillcrest were entered early Saturday, July 6, and it’s no wonder.

“The (female) victim states this is an ongoing problem,” said Sgt. John Bruno of the Grosse Pointe Farms public safety department. “She has had articles taken in the past from her unlocked vehicle.”

Unlocked cars are an open invitation to larceny, according to police.

The crime often occurs in waves.

“If you give criminals the opportunity, they come back,” said Lt. Richard Rosati, head of the detective bureau.

Four cases occurred June 29.

“They were all unlocked vehicles,” Rosati said.

None required forced entry.

A few years ago, a Grosse Pointe Woods teenager had an easy time stealing things from unsecured cars parked overnight on driveways and curbside.

“(He) said he made up to $1,100 a night, just from unlocked vehicles, to support his drug habit,” Rosati said. “So, not only are residents becoming victims, they’re also enabling somebody to continue a horrendous habit. Why make it so easy for them?”

Larceny from parked autos is generally a crime of opportunity. Criminals seek the easiest route to steal whatever is available as quickly as possible using minimal effort.

“It’s the same old story,” Rosati said.

Last Saturday on Hillcrest, the unknown thief entered a 2003 Ford and a 2010 Lincoln MKT. Nothing was stolen, although one car was damaged.

“The suspect attempted to pry off the dashboard trim in the Ford in what appears to be an attempt to remove the radio, but was unsuccessful,” Bruno said.

The resident hadn’t reported prior thefts.

“(She) was advised to notify this department each time an occurrence happens in the future,” Bruno said.

“We live in a great community,” Rosati said. “By and large, we probably could get away with not being a victim of crime. But, why invite it by leaving your doors unlocked?”

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