There were more than 30 vehicular burglaries in the early morning hours of July 5 in Wheaton, according to a Wheaton Police Department news release.
One vehicle was stolen when the criminals discovered the keys. In each of the incidents, the vehicles were left unlocked on the driveway of a residence, the release stated.
These incidents follow a trend in both Wheaton and Glen Ellyn, where the police departments are warning residents to lock their cars.
More than 11 vehicular burglaries have been reported in the past two weeks in Glen Ellyn, according to a Glen Ellyn Police Department news release.
In most cases, thieves are searching neighborhoods for unlocked cars and stealing money and anything of value, the release stated. In some cases, cars have been stolen after the keys were left inside.
Glen Ellyn police are warning residents to protect themselves by locking their cars and removing items of value from plain sight. Because most of the burglaries occur in the overnight hours, leaving a home's exterior lights on can be a deterrent, according to the release.
The Wheaton Police Department also is encouraging residents to follow these crime prevention tips:
• Always lock a vehicle when it is unattended
• Do not leave a spare key inside the vehicle unless it is well hidden
• Do not leave valuables inside the vehicle
• Use exterior lights or motion detectors to deter criminals from a property
• Report suspicious persons or noises immediately to 911.