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Lock it or lose it! How to prevent summer's most widespread crime

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SAGINAW TOWNSHIP, MI (WNEM) -

Police want your help preventing what they call summer’s most widespread and preventable crime.

Saginaw Township Police said as the temperatures rise, so do the number of thieves prowling for unlocked cars.

The department made three arrests for such crimes earlier this month.

Wednesday kicked off this year’s “Lock it or Lose it” campaign, which includes billboard and radio ads.

The campaign has been credited with a 30 percent drop in thefts from vehicles in recent years. 

"Left my doors unlocked and my car was broken into," said Scott Walker, theft victim. "If I had locked the doors it would've never happened. But being careless and thinking I lived in a neighborhood that didn't need to be protected, I left my doors unlocked."

The same thing happened to Emma Kabat's kid.

"My daughter's car was just ransacked," Kabat said.

She said it's a crime that should have never happened.

"She left it unlocked all night. I always lock my car up. I kept telling her, 'lock your car,'" Kabat said.

Authorities said thieves are already off to a fast start early in this warm weather season. They said they have made three arrests so far for people breaking into unlocked cars.

"Took quite a bit of stuff for three people," said Chris Fredenburg, crime prevention specialist for the Saginaw Township Police Department. "One of the most frustrating crimes we can investigate is one that is completely preventable."

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