Southern ME police warn public about recent car break-ins

6:23 PM, Jan 28, 2014   |    comments
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SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Sheriff Kevin Joyce with the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office says so far this year car break-ins are up more than in years past.

His deputies have been called to incidents in North Yarmouth and Cumberland where windows have been broken and valuables like GPS systems or cellphone accessories have been stolen.

Over in South Portland - police were called to Clark's Pond Cinemagic Friday night when 5 cars had windows smashed in and valuables stolen out of them.

Lt. Frank Clark says break ins usually come in waves like that. Sheriff Joyce agrees, but says this time of year they usually have a break.

In the meantime, both departments are reminding people to lock their doors and hide their valuables in their trunks before they arrive at their destination.

South Portland Police are also reminding their residents to subscribe to a website: RaidsOnline.com, where they can get the latest information on crimes in their area (there's also a phone app). Lt. Clark says it not only helps keep residents safer, it also helps their department because as more people are checking that site, they're paying more attention to their neighborhood, and they rely on tips from the public to help solve crimes.

So far, 10 Maine police departments update crimes on the site, from Saco to Richmond to Augusta. 

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