On January 6, during the early morning hours, the Wellesley Police Department received 13 reports of cars that had been broken into. The locations of the break ins ranged from Pleasant Street, to Grantland and Bernard Road. In all cases, small items, cash, change, and portable electronic devices were taken.
All of the cars were left unlocked, and there was no forced entry. The vehicles were in the driveways at residences. The break ins occurred from late January 5th into January 6th. Several of the breaks were discovered by Wellesley Police Officers on patrol in neighborhoods..
The Wellesley Police Department encourages residents to lock their cars doors, no matter where they are parked. Historically, thieves are looking for easy targets. Unlocked doors, cars that contain GPS units and laptop computers THAT ARE CLEARLY VISIBLE are tempting targets. Locking a laptop in the trunk of a car, removing the GPS unit from the dashboard and locking your car are easy steps that can deter and prevent theft.
If you see or suspicious activity in your driveway, or around vehicles, please call the Wellesley Police Department immediately.
In a separate, but related item, portable GPS units still remain a target of area thieves, especially outside of Wellesley in shopping malls, commuter lots, and office parks. Even removing your GPS unit from the dashboard is no guarantee that your car won't be broken into. Thieves often look for suction cup marks on the windshield, or empty GPS mounts and unattached 12 volt power cords. Purchasing a dash friction pad, or bean bag type mount for your GPS unit is one idea to prevent and deter theft. These pads, which are sold under different names commercially, and are sometimes referred to as "Nav Mats" sit securely on your dash, and then can be quickly removed and placed out of sight once you arrive at your destination.. There are no tell tale suction cup marks on your window as well.
Locking your doors no matter where you park, removing valuables from sight, and reporting suspicious activity are all tips which can reduce and deter car break ins.