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Police: Thefts from vehicles, vandalism rising

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An increase in thefts from vehicles and vandalism of vehicles has been reported in recent days, police said.

Most of the activity was in the area between Gladstone Avenue to Marr Road and south of 10th Street to Indiana Avenue, Columbus Police Department spokesman Matt Myers said Saturday. Some activity occurred in the downtown area as well, Myers said.

“Complainants are reporting that their vehicles are being broken into and articles of value are being taken, such as purses, electronic equipment and wallets,” Myers said.

Police are reminding citizens to keep property of value out of sight when stored in vehicles.

Myers said most of the vehicles that were entered were left unlocked prior to the thefts occurring.

Other complainants reported damage to their vehicles, such as broken windows and slashed tires, Myers said.

Police are increasing patrols in areas where the incidents have occurred, he said.

Citizens are encouraged to report suspicious activity to the Columbus Police Department by calling 376-2600 or 379-1689.

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