ST. CHARLES – The St. Charles Police Department is encouraging motorists to lock their vehicles and keep valuables out of sight after a string of burglaries were reported throughout the city.
Items including a laptop case, a purse, a navigation unit, loose change and gift cards were reported stolen from vehicles Wednesday and Thursday, police spokesperson Lisa Blackwell said.
The thefts occurred overnight into early morning at residences in the 0-100 block of McKinley Street, 1200 block of Jewel Avenue and in the 1600 block of South 13th Avenue, Blackwell said.
All of the vehicles were unlocked, she said. She advises motorists to lock their cars and either remove their valuables or hide them from view.
People should also be aware of their surroundings and report suspicious activity, such as loud or unusual noises, Blackwell said.
"If anything looks out of place, don't hesitate to call," she said. "Call the police. It's better to be safe than sorry."
Burglary victims should report the crimes immediately, Blackwell said.
"Touch the surfaces as little as possible," she added.
Those with information about the reported burglaries are asked to call the St. Charles Police Department at 630-377-4435. Confidential information may be left on the city's website, www.stcharlesil.gov, under the Drug & Crime Tip Line or by calling 866-378-4267.