Unlocked vehicles an open invitation for theft, police warn —
There is no quicker way to have items stolen from your car or to have your vehicle stolen than to leave it unlocked, even in your driveway. That was the case when two vehicles were stolen and six others were entered on Sept. 9 in Peachtree City.
Two vehicles were reported stolen from residences on Sept. 9. In both cases, the vehicles were unlocked and the keys were in the vehicles.
One of the vehicles, a white 2015 Mazda CX5, was stolen from a residence on Foxglove Court off Holly Grove Road near Ga. Highway 74 South, according to Peachtree City Police Department reports.
The other vehicle, a gray 2005 Mercedes C238, was stolen from a Fairfield Drive residence off Wisdom Road near Ga. Highway 74 North, police reports said.
An entering auto was reported on Sept. 9 on Aster Ridge Trail. The owner told officers he was leaving for work and found the doors of his unlocked vehicle ajar and items rummaged through, though nothing was taken, according to police reports.
A second entering auto incident was also reported on Aster Ridge Trail on Sept. 9. The owner told officers that three of the unlocked vehicles in the driveway were entered. A wallet was stolen from one of the vehicles, while the others were rummaged through. The owner said he was last in the driveway at 10:45 p.m. the previous evening, police reports said.
While investigating the previous entering auto incidents on Aster Ridge Trail, officers found doors ajar on unlocked vehicles at two other residences. It was not immediately known if any items had been stolen, according to reports.
Two other entering auto reports were received by police on Sept. 9. These came from homeowners on Foxglove Court, off Aster Ridge Trail. Both vehicles were unlocked and one of the vehicles had a multi-tool stolen, reports said.
Law enforcement agencies throughout Fayette County have urged for years that motorists never leave their vehicles unlocked, whether at home or in the community, and to never leave keys in the vehicle.