Warm Weather Brings Out Thieves: Baltimore County Police

Police give tips so citizens can prevent thefts from their vehicles.

Putting windows up keeps thieves out. (Credit: Patch File Photo)
Putting windows up keeps thieves out. (Credit: Patch File Photo)
As the temperatures continue to rise, the Baltimore County Police Department reminds citizens that their awareness should heighten as well, particularly when it comes to their vehicles.

"Warm, sunny days invite drivers to roll down the windows, and for some, drive with the top down on their cars," police said. "Unfortunately, that same wonderful weather invites thieves too."

Leaving windows and convertible tops down on parked vehicles makes citizens prone to being victims. The following items are at risk of being stolen:

  • Cell phones, GPS, electronics
  • Insurance information and vehicle registration (including data that may be used in identity theft)
  • Vehicle
The ticket to keeping belongings safe is putting up windows, police say. "The inside of the vehicle may be hot upon return," police said, "but the odds are good that the vehicle will still be there with everything intact."

So close those windows, put up convertible tops, lock your doors and enjoy spring, Baltimore County!

Heather Osrien April 14, 2014 at 12:08 PM
I left my convertible top down once. Went inside to pay for the gas and when I returned there was a blob of bubble gum on the floor. I would have put my foot on it and made a real mess if I had not seen it. I had noticed a dad showing his son how to pump gas when I went in and I had noticed the kid chewing something. Morons!!!!!
Dennis Gilpin April 15, 2014 at 05:33 PM
Many women pull up to get gas and leave their purse on the front seat when they are paying for the gas or getting cigarettes. Easy pickings for the thieves to reach in the car and take it. In spring, many people don't use their heat or air conditioning and just leave their windows down. Thieves are very aware of this.


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