Apple Valley police are advising residents to keep their unattended cars locked following a string of incidents in which vehicles were tampered with or entered last week.
Police responded to five reports of suspicious behavior, damage to property and theft — all related to vehicles — on Monday, April 14.
In one report, a resident went outside at 6 a.m. to find someone standing near her vehicle. The suspect took off running and was eventually located by police.
Other victims reported their vehicles entered and rummaged through. Some had items stolen including credit cards, gift cards and backpacks. One victim had her vehicle’s window broken, another reported damage consistent with someone breaking into the driver’s side door.
“Remember to lock your vehicle whenever you are away from it,” Apple Valley police stated in a “Civic Alert” post on the city’s website April 17. “Thefts from vehicles can happen any time; overnight, during the day, while you are shopping, etc.
“Never leave valuables in your vehicle either in plain sight or ‘hidden.’
“It is important to report all suspicious activity to 911 whenever it is happening. Don’t wait to report and then find out that you have become a victim.”
Tips for protecting your vehicle can be found on the city of Apple Valley’s website, www.cityofapplevalley.org.