Archive for Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Car burglars strike at recreation centers

February 13, 2007


Car burglaries very frequent outside rec. centers and athletic clubs

Thieves are targeting vehicles at athletic clubs and recreation centers in Lawrence. More than a dozen auto burglaries have been reported this year. Enlarge video

Vehicles parked at recreation centers and athletic clubs have become a favorite target for burglars, Lawrence police say.

More than a dozen automobile burglaries have been reported by patrons of these establishments since early January, police reports show. Incident times vary, but at East Lawrence Recreation Center, 1245 E. 15th St., most of the automobile burglaries have occurred between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.

Other incidents have been reported at Holcom Park Recreation Center, 2700 W. 27th St.; Lawrence Athletic Club, 3201 Mesa Way; and Lawrence Athletic Club East, 1202 E. 23rd St.

Police have these tips for motorists:

¢ Don't leave cell phones, laptop computers and other electronic items visible in cars.

¢ Put important items in the trunk.

¢ Remove face plates or stereos when leaving the car.

¢ Report suspicious people in a parking lot by calling 911.

Additional information about the burglaries will be posted on the Web site


LawSW 10 years, 10 months ago

There are often loiterers in front of the Rec Center on 11th street--call the police--what a joke--you call the police and they laugh about it...

Bladerunner 10 years, 10 months ago

Putting important items in the trunk is NOT a good idea since most newer vehicle trunks can be accessed by trunk release levers or fold down rear seats. Leave your valuables at home. Do you really need 250 compact discs with you all the time?

Kam_Fong_as_Chin_Ho 10 years, 10 months ago

LawSW, I was at the Lawrence Athletic Club last week when a car was broken into. The cops were called and they arrived immediately to investigate. They handled it well and posted flyers in the gym reminding members to lock the car, park in a lighted area, etc.

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