Cross Plains police warn residents against thieves

Posted, Wednesday, June 25, 2013 --- 3:31 p.m.

As the temperature rises, so does crime-- that's according to one local police department. Police say it's all crimes of opportunity.

They say it happens all the time.Thousands of dollars worth of valuables stolen and never recovered.

"They've been targeting purses and wallets, electronics, cell phones and GPS's," says Cross Plains Police Chief, Thomas Jannson.

From leaving car doors unlocked, to windows down, to valuables in plain sight, police say it's just asking for trouble.

"People leave their cars open more simply because they don't want to lock them up. They got hot, they don't want to roll up the windows," Jannson adds.

But according to Chief Thomas Janssen, getting a GPS stolen isn't the worst that can happen. Many cars have garage door openers and often times that door from the garage to the house isn't locked.

"Well because people take advantage of that, people now that you're going to leave your car open. Garage doors, we've had thefts from vehicles right in people's garages."

And Janssen says even just being out gardening and leaving the garage door open can leave homeowners completely clueless that someone's in their house while they're watering flowers.

"It's a crime of opportunity. If they have a good opportunity, it only takes a matter of seconds."

Jannsen says the smartest thing you can do is lock up and take valuables inside with you.

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