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Is your vehicle locked right now? : Editorials : Oswego Ledger-Sentinel : Hometown Newspaper for Oswego and Montgomery, Illinois
Is your vehicle locked right now?

The Oswego Police Department recently placed a flashing sign at the busy corner of U.S. Route 34 and Douglas Road to remind motorists to lock their cars when parked.

It was a timely message. Every spring as the weather warms up Oswego and Montgomery Police and the Kendall County Sheriff's Office report a spike in vehicle burglaries. Many of these burglaries occur overnight in the driveways of the victims' homes. The victims will forget to lock their vehicles when they get home from work or school in the evening and then discover the next morning some valuable and expensive possession missing from their vehicle. A few decades ago, these burglaries usually involved the taking of car radios, cassette and 8-track players. In their day, those items were costly enough. Now, however, the criminals are after significantly pricier property, including laptop computers, smartphones, iPods, radar detectors and GPS devices.

We can recall back in the mid-1980s then-Oswego Police Chief Robert Wunsch told us that a common crime prevention problem in town was to get long-time local residents to lock their doors at night. It's hard to believe now, but there really was a time when the village had fewer than 3,000 residents and many of those residents felt secure enough to leave their doors unlocked.

We've haven't heard of many people leaving their homes unlocked in Oswego, Montgomery or Boulder Hill in recent years, but we would encourage everyone to protect themselves by removing valuable items from their vehicles at night and making sure they're locked.

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