FRANKLIN PARK (KDKA) — Fanklin Park Police say drivers aren’t locking their vehicles and now they are victims.
“We have several vehicles located throughout the boro that were unlocked, parked in driveways and valuables were removed,” said Sgt. Sam Snyder.
Thieves hit four vehicles in the area during the weekend of Aug. 12. All thefts occurred overnight and all of the vehicles were parked in housing plans off Brandt School, Wexford Run and Reis Run Roads.
Police say folks living in a nice neighborhood tend to get to comfortable and relaxed.
“People unfortunately get pretty secure and they have a tendency to leave valuables in their car with cars unlocked and people are taking advantage of people’s comfort out here and getting into their cars and taking the valuables out,” Sgt. Snyder said.
“I say ‘oh, no one is going to steal anything,’ but you hear about stuff happening down the street,” said resident Gia Borgese.
With Franklin Park being so close to Interstate 279, police say thieves hit-and-run and head straight to the highway and they are gone.
“That’s the one reason I have my girls lock their cars when they are in the driveway at night, have them put their wallets away, the purses and things like that,” said resident Kathy Puntil.
Franklin Park Police ask that residents remain vigilant, to call 911 if they see anything or anyone suspicious, and most importantly, secure your valuables and lock your vehicles.
So far, no suspects in this case.