Reports of petty theft from vehicles in Dormont have increased in the past week, and in all cases, the cars robbed were left unlocked.
Dormont police Officer Don Kelly said six vehicle owners have filed theft reports, but possibly dozens of others have been victims.
“When we talk to people, they’re saying they know neighbors who were hit, too,” Kelly said. “Some people are calling [the police] just to report it happened to them, but they aren’t filing official reports.”
Kelly said the items stolen were mainly small items that could be taken quickly, including Garmin units, wallets, change and cell phones.
He also said the thefts could be easily prevented, and encouraged residents to be careful and lock their cars, especially at the holidays when more valuable items and presents could be inside.
“I can’t stress this enough. All of the vehicles robbed have been left unlocked,” Kelly said. “None of these break-ins were forced entry.
Thefts have been reported throughout the borough, on Edgehill, Peermont and Arkansas avenues, and on Park Boulevard.
“Our message to the people is just lock your cars,” Kelly said. “That’s what prevents the vast majority of this. By leaving your car unlocked, you’re almost inviting it.”
Residents also are encouraged to contact police immediately if they see anything suspicious in their neighborhoods. Residents can call 911, or the Dormont police non-emergency number, 412-473-3056.