FRANKLIN SQUARE - With the weather breaking, Salem Twp. Constable Dan Valentine said vehicle break-ins and entries are increasing.
He advised trustees during Wednesday's meeting that after the "quiet" of the last couple of months he's receiving theft reports and they include the usual list of electronic devices that small-time thieves can quickly unload for money.
Cell phones global positioning units and radar detectors and anything else that can be taken or ripped out with a minimum of effort and sold for quick cash.
They also look for loose change.
He said vehicle entering activity seems a more than normal.
"A lot of it's drug activity," Valentine said, "people who can't keep a job and hit four or five vehicles to get them through to the next day."
Valentine said Leetonia village, Springfield and Beaver townships had been getting hit too and he suggested residents act as soon as possible if they observe or hear anything suspicious.
"People call a day or two later," he said, "saying, 'I got up at 1 a.m. and saw someone in the backyard,'
"Call when you see it ... maybe we can catch someone on foot ... we rely on the public."
He noted that storage units are being broken, explaining they cut the padlocks off and noted in Beaver Township where thieves replaced the lock so the resident was unable to tell from a distance that anything was wrong.
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