Local police in recent months have noticed an increase in thefts from vehicles and are urging people to keep doors on vehicles locked and to remove valuables like GPS units, iPods, tools, jewelry, purses, wallets and cash.
Capt. Mark Holtzman of the Hagerstown Police Department said there were about 20 instances of valuables being stolen from cars in North Hagerstown on July 9.
The thefts occurred the area of Lindsay Lane and Fairchild, Pennsylvania and Belview avenues, Holtzman said.
There was another rash of thefts from about 15 vehicles on July 14, Holtzman said.
About eight of the thefts occurred on North Mulberry Street, starting in the 200 block, Holtzman said. The rest were in the North End, he said.
In most cases, the thefts handled by city police have occurred after midnight and have involved the theft of GPS units, cash, cell phones and backpacks, Holtzman said.