Several residents in the Orchard Lake/Grand River area of Farmington woke Tuesday morning to the theft of items from their unlocked vehicles.
And what officers found as they searched the Floral Park subdivision led the Farmington Public Safety Department to share a reminder about the dangers of leaving your vehicle unlocked.
“Officers canvassing the area following the report found more than 15 unlocked cars… that were not attacked, but could very easily have been,” a Nixle.com alert read. “These unlocked cars contained valuable items in open view.”
On Monday, Farmington Hills Police warned that warm weather always brings a rise in Larcenies from Automobiles (LFA), and at least 70 percent of those crimes happen with unlocked vehicles.
According to a department press release, “If you must store any items in your car, the Police Department recommends that they be locked in the trunk of the vehicle and out of plain sight. Common places where larcenies from autos are committed include daycare centers, schools, parks, gyms, and even your own driveway.“
The release urged residents to practice TLC:
- TAKE out your valuables;
- LOCK your vehicle; and
- CLOSE your windows and sun or moon roof.
“Set a routine time before dark each evening to double check that the vehicles in your driveway are locked or better yet, park your vehicles in the garage if possible.”
Anyone with information about the Farmington crimes, or who has had items taken from a vehicle, should call Public Safety, 248-474-4700.
If you’ve had items taken from your vehicle in Farmington Hills, call the Farmington Hills Police Department at 248-871-2600.
Authorities in both communities urge residents to immediately report any suspicious circumstances in their neighborhoods.