Police are warning residents of recent car break-ins in the City of Mason.
Authorities say auto break-ins have been on the rise in the past few weeks and as many as 17 thefts have been reported in one night.
The crimes have mostly been occurring at night in the northwest part of Mason. Neighborhoods include Birchwood Farms, Codington Reserve, and Hickory Woods. The suspects have been targeting cars parked on the street and in driveways.
In the last three weeks, there have been 28 thefts reported.
Mason police officers offer these tips for protecting your car and belongings:
Never leave any of your possessions in plain view inside your car. This is especially true for laptops, cell phones, and iPods. Thieves will break into your car for as little as the loose change in your cup holder.
Lock your car.
Park your vehicle inside your garage if possible.
When parking outside, park your car in site of the roadway. This way, neighbors and the police, when in the area, can see if your car looks disturbed.
Install timers or motion sensors to turn lights on when you're not home or when you're asleep.
If you notice anything unusual, call the police. Use 9-1-1 for emergencies or 513-925-2525 for non-emergencies. It may not seem like much, but some things are more than what they appear. Information from alert citizens often leads to arrests.
Call if you see anyone who you think is suspicious.
Call when you hear unusual noises outside during the night.
Call if you see people walking behind buildings.
Call if you see people walking around vehicles and looking into car windows.
Report all break-ins, even if you think nothing of value was taken.
Officers say to use your instincts and call police if you suspect something is wrong.