AMESBURY — Local police are strongly urging residents to lock their cars after responding to at least 17 car breaks on several streets over the weekend.
Amesbury police Lt. Jeffrey Worthen said cars parked on Boie Avenue, Thompson Street, Whittier Avenue, Whitehall Road, Maple Street, Essex Street, Friend Street and Orchard Street were entered sometime between Saturday night and early Sunday morning.
In all but one of the cars, doors were left unlocked, making it easy for thieves to steal a camera, binoculars, cellphones, global satellite positioning devices, loose change, sunglasses and a $25 winning lottery ticket, according to Worthen.
Worthen said it may sound simple, but by merely locking cars, people can make it a far less-appealing target.
"They don't want to be making noise out there, setting off alarms," Worthen said.
This marks the largest report of car breaks at one time in Amesbury since December when an Arlington Road man and his Salisbury accomplice broke into more than 30 cars on Arlington Street and stole one of the vehicles right before Christmas. After admitting to sufficient facts in February, the two men were sentenced to four months in jail.
"I can't believe after the last one, people still aren't locking their cars," Worthen said.
Police are continuing their investigation into the recent string of car breaks and are canvassing the areas hit, hoping to speak to someone who might have witnessed something, Worthen said.
With the return of warmer weather, Worthen said car breaks are likely to increase, as more people are apt to be walking around neighborhoods.
"It's very likely to happen again," Worthen said.