Published in the December 8, 2017 edition

MELROSE — Chief Michael L. Lyle and the Melrose Police Department are reminding residents to secure their vehicles and belongings following a recent uptick in motor vehicle break-ins.

Overnight on Monday, a number of vehicles were entered through unlocked doors and rifled through. The break-ins occurred on Charles, Oakland, West Emerson and Winthrop streets, along with Lake Avenue.

In order to prevent motor vehicle break-ins and theft, Melrose Police are strongly urging residents to always lock their vehicles, even if it is in your driveway, and to never leave belongings, especially those of value, in the car or in plain view.

“Don’t make it easy for criminals,” Chief Lyle said. “Lock your doors and don’t leave your belongings in plain sight in your vehicle. If you have something of value, take it with you, put it in your trunk or bring it in your house. Let’s all have a safe and happy holiday season.”

If the public sees anything out of the ordinary or finds that any of their belongings have been stolen from their vehicle, they are encouraged to call the Melrose Police Department at 781-665-1212.