Residents reminded to lock their doors
"Out of my whole career I think I remember to responding to one incident to where the window was actually broken and something was taken out of the vehicle," Schlueter said. "Most of the time if they would just lock their stuff [it would help prevent thefts]. Most people go past, they check doors and if they are unlocked they go and reach in and grab whatever is in there quick and they keep on the move."
Schlueter said it's mostly unlocked vehicles that are the problem, but houses and garages are also an issue.
"We see a few more houses where the doors are damaged and stuff like that, but even a lot of those people enter unlocked garages and houses," Schlueter said. "They take unlocked bikes. Very seldom do we get locked items that we respond to. We need to get the word out to people to lock stuff up.
"I understand this is New London, we're a smaller community, but still, with the economy being down, people need to find an income somehow, so where do they do it? They do it the easy way and they steal from people."
Schlueter said that by just locking doors, it would help the theft rate go down.
"We're just trying to prevent people from becoming victims," Schlueter said. "We are out there constantly, but if they can help us out, it helps the whole community out."
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