NORTHBROOK — Burglars broke into six unlocked vehicles within four blocks of each other February 20 in the Williamsburg neighborhood of northeast Northbrook, according to Northbrook Police reports.
Four of the vehicles were on Williamsburg Drive, three within a few doors of each, and two more on Red Coach Lane, also in close proximity to one another, according to the report.
Some of the cars were on the street and others were in driveways when the burglars broke into them, according to Dan Petka, the police department’s community relations supervisor.
“The common denominator is they were all unlocked,” Petka said. “Lock your car and put your valuables where no one can see them. They walk along and pull the handle to see if it’s unlocked. It takes all of 10 seconds.”
On the same day, another vehicle was burglarized in the Northbrook Court parking lot, which is less than two blocks away from the Williamsburg area, according to the report. The report also indicated someone broke into a car in the shopping center lot February 21.
Petka said two pair of sunglasses, one pair of prescription glasses, a gym bag, an iPad, two USB Apple chargers and more were taken. He said the gym bag was later recovered.
“Some of the victims said they had to check their vehicles to determine what was taken and they would call the department,” Petka said. “They never did.”
People can do more than lock their car doors to reduce the chances of a burglary, according to Petka. He said glove compartments should be secured too. Some of the burglars opened those compartments as well.
“Put anything valuable out of site like under the seat or in the trunk,” Petka said. “Do it before you leave home if you’re going someplace.”
GPS devices are another target of car burglars, Petka said. He said people should remove the holder as well when leaving the vehicle.
“If they see the holder it’s an invitation to break in. Put them both in the glove compartment. They fit easily,” Petka said. “They’re easy to remove,” he added referring to the GPS holders. “Use common sense. Lock the door.”