Baltimore County Police reported nine burglaries in the Ruxton neighborhood of Towson Saturday night, with many of the items taken left unsecured in unlocked cars or sheds.
"It is an absolutely critical step for people to keep their property secure, whether its locking your car door, locking your shed door, locking your garage door," Cpl. Cathy Batton, a spokeswoman for the Baltimore County Police, said Monday.
"Equally important for residents is to be aware of crime trends in your neighborhoods, and contact 911 immediately if you see anyone suspicious," Batton said.
At four locations — one each in the 1400 block of Locust Avenue and the 1500 block of Labelle, plus two locations in the 1500 block of Locust Avenue — bicycles were stolen from sheds.
In two instances, including one in which two bikes and an iPod shuffle were stolen, the police incident summary said the shed was unlocked.
At locations in the 1500 block of Locust Avenue and the 1500 block of Berwick Road, loose change was stolen from the unlocked car, while sunglasses were stolen from two vehicles in the 1400 block of Boyce Avenue.
Additionally, a GPS unit was stolen from a vehicle in the 1400 block of Malvern Avenue, and a cell phone earpiece was taken from a car in the 1400 block of Boyce Avenue.
Batton said unsecured property, be it in cars, sheds, or garages, pose an "attractive target for criminals."
"The more steps they have to take to commit the crime. the more likely it is that someone will see them and that they'll be apprehended," Batton said.