HOWARD - Break-ins and vandalism were reported across Apple Valley during the week preceding and the week after Christmas, up to New Year's Day.
According to police reports, on December 23, a resident of the 400 block of Lakeview Heights Dr. reported a break-in of his unlocked vehicle sometime between 10 PM December 22 and 2:30 PM December 23. the victim reported a firearm and sunglasses stolen. On December 24, a resident in the 0-100 block of Thornapple Ct. reported a break-in of his unlocked vehicle. On December 28, a resident of the 400 Block of North Ridge Heights Dr. reported a break-in and theft from their unlocked vehicle overnight. On December 30, a resident in the 1100 block of Apple Valley Dr. reported damage to his vehicle overnight. On that same night, a resident of the 400 block of Baldwin Ct., reported that
someone had vandalized their mailbox by knocking it off its pole.
Some police reports are not yet available due to the New Year's Day holiday, but anxious residents took to social media to talk about the crimes.
Residents wrote of break-ins of vehicles and homes near the Apple Valley Marina. Others reported similar incidents across the lake, on Crabapple Dr. and Applegrove Ct.
One resident wrote of various valuables stolen from her parents' home, a bedroom ransacked, a family pet harmed, and the cremated remains of her grandfather dumped on the floor.
Another resident wrote of seeing five boys attempting to get into their car at approximately 2 AM. According the the resident, they were wearing cameo and having head and neck coverings.
Residents are offered the following tips to prevent break-ins:
-Always lock doors on all homes, garages, outbuildings, and vehicles. Use deadbolts. Burglars tend to steal from locations which they can get into and out of quickly and easily.
-Do not leave windows or sunroofs open.
-Do not leave keys in your vehicle.
-Do not leave any valuables, such as money, electronics, or jewelry in sight.
-Make your home look occupied when away. Place your lights on a timer. Do not allow mail or newspaper deliveries to pile up when you are away.
-Light up the outside. Burglars generally do not target homes where they could easily be seen. Place lights outside near your home. Trim any bushes or other shrubbery. Do not provide any areas where a burglar could hide.
-Get to know your neighbors. Establish trust. If they know your habits and are friendly with you, they will be more likely to call for help if something looks amiss.
-Photograph and record serial numbers of all valuables. If possible, engrave your driver's license number on them.
-Install an alarm system. Arm it at any time when you are not home.
Anyone who is a victim of a crime, or who has information on any of these break-ins should contact the Knox County Sheriff's Office at 740-397-3333, or their crime tip line at 740-397-3959
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