The 3rd Police District, which covers South Philly on the east side of Broad Street, sent out a robocall recently warning residents that car thefts are up so far this year by 28 percent.
Community relations Officer Mike Duffy told us that home burglaries are also up 5.5 percent, but there are ways to prevent this from happening to you.
“We believe a lot of theft from autos can be avoided if residents did not leave belongings visible in their car,” Duffy said. “It is a crime of opportunity, take away the opportunity and there is less crime.”
In case you’re curious, here’s the text of the whole message:
My name is Officer Michael Duffy; I am the Crime Prevention Officer in the 3rd Police District, there has been a 28 percent increase of Theft from Autos and a 5 ½ percent increase in Burglaries. We are again urging everyone to ensure your car & home doors and windows are locked; don’t leave any items in plain view in your vehicle. If you see anyone acting suspicious near a car or home please call 911 with a description of the person so officers can respond to investigate. In the event your car or house is broken into please call 911 and request an officer to respond to take an official police report and process the area for fingerprints.
Does this match up with what you’re hearing?