When I park my car, I have a mental checklist of steps -- bring my keys, lock the doors, and put the windows up or cracked for air.
With the slew of automobile break-ins and stolen items from cars in Perrysburg a couple of weeks back, there is a new concern: theft.
Locking your car is one thing, but it doesn't help if your window gets bashed in. Reading through police reports and writing stories on cars getting windows bashed in around town has changed my perception of leaving things in my car.
I used to leave personal items of all sorts in my car, sometimes for days. I always trusted nothing would ever happen to it, because I never had a problem. But reading police blotters in the area, where every week at least a few cars get broken into, why would I wait until that is my car?
Now, when I leave my car, I make sure there's nothing valuable showing inside the car. A few times I've had to cover an event and leave my laptop in my car, but when I do that now, I put it in my trunk where it can't be seen. Generally, thieves aren't busting into cars unless they see something.
Tablets, laptops, high-quality purses, and GPS systems are what shows up missing on police reports. And there aren't a lot of reports of cars getting busted in without things missing.
Even the City of Perrysburg's Web site has a main article from the police department which warns residents to lock their cars and take valuables out because of the amount of break-ins.
I think Perrysburg is one of the safest places in the Toledo area, but I think we're starting to get prone to thieves with our ignorance. I really encourage residents to think twice about leaving their iPad in the car while stopping for dinner out at a place with a lot of high traffic. The police have said the risk is highest on weekends when shopping centers have their most business.
Please, don't just lock up, but get valuables out of sight from thieves. I don't want to report on your car window being smashed in.