Pharos-Tribune

October 23, 2012

Logansport police see rash of thefts over weekend

Public cautioned to lock doors of cars and residences

by Caitlin Huston
Pharos-Tribune

LOGANSPORT — Logansport had a high number of thefts this weekend with 10 incidents of stolen items involving homes, garages and a business.

Many of the thefts occurred during the daytime and involved items taken from vehicles.

The weekend thefts began with the theft of a computer from a residence on North Fifth Street. Then on Saturday, several thefts involved items taken from vehicles in front of homes or inside garages.

On the same day, a 1998 Chevy was reported stolen from outside a residence on Colfax Street. On Monday, a handgun was reported missing from a vehicle on Highland Street, and Spa Nails, 4000 E. Broadway, reported a burglary where the cash register was stolen.

Though the police department typically sees reports of thefts on the weekends, Assistant Chief Carl Swan with the Logansport Police Department said this weekend’s thefts stood out.

“I would say more than normal for a weekend,” he said. “It was an extraordinarily busy weekend.”

Swan said he believes most of the crimes were committed because car doors or residences were left unlocked.

“Most of the time, it’s a crime of opportunity,” he said.

One of the best preventative measures for vehicle theft is to keep the car doors locked, even when the vehicle is at a residence, Swan said.

For residential thefts, Swan said an animal or safety lights can be a deterrant. Locking the doors of a residence is also essential, Swan said.

However, because many of the weekend thefts occurred during the day, Swan encouraged the public to keep an eye on their neighbors’ residences and look for suspicious behavior.

Departments outside of the city are also seeing increases in daytime burglaries, Swan said.

“We’ve noticed a marked increase jurisdictionally,” Swan said.