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news Worthington, 56187
Worthington Minnesota 300 11th Street / P.O. Box 639 56187

WORTHINGTON — The Worthington Police Department is urging residents to lock their cars after a slew of break-ins that have occurred lately.

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The department has investigated more than a half-dozen break-ins within the past two to three weeks, according to Sgt. Brett Wiltrout. The break-ins have been occurring in the Diagonal Road, Collegeway, McMillan Street, Willow Avenue and Elmwood Avenue areas of town throughout the night and into the early morning hours.

Wiltrout said there are simple things people can do in order to prevent their car from getting broken into.

“The biggest thing people can do is just to lock your car,” he said. “These people who are breaking in are not busting out windows or picking locks. They are simply walking by and pulling door handles.”

Another tip for preventing car break-ins is to park in well-lit areas.

“If possible, park under or near a street light,” Wiltrout said. “People should take all personal belongings out of the vehicle before they leave it — or if they can’t, at least put it in the trunk.”

While there may be a current influx of break-ins, Wiltrout said people need to be alert at all times.

“In the summer months there are just more people around outside, but that doesn’t mean that in the winter months it won’t happen,” he said. “People need to be vigilant all year long.”

Law enforcement also offered some tips for people who may see suspicious activity, such as people lurking around cars for an extended period of time. 

“I always say to people that they are the police department’s eyes before we arrive on scene,” Wiltrout said. 

He urged people who see suspicious activity to call the police department right away and make note of the suspect’s description. 

“Try and remember the suspect’s height, weight, gender, race and any other features that would help us narrow down the suspect,” he said. 

The Worthington Police Department also encourages citizens to visit the department’s Facebook page as they have additional tips and information important to residents. 

“The big goal is to inform and help the community,” Wiltrout said. 

For more information, visit the department’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pages/Worthington-Police-Department or call the department at 295-5400.

Daily Globe Reporter Erin Trester may be reached at 376-7322.

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