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Solebury police warn of ‘smash-and-grab’ car break-ins

Solebury Township Police are investigating a “smash-and-grab” theft from a car on Tuesday, and are warning residents to be more alert and report any suspicious activity or people they may see.

The car involved in Tuesday’s incident was parked in a lot off Route 263 and Sugan Road. The owner noticed a broken side window and items missing when they returned to the vehicle, police say.

Similar thefts have occurred over the past week, according to Solebury Police. New Hope authorities are investigating break-ins of two vehicles parked outside Cornerstone Health and Fitness on Aug. 19.

“Smash-and-grab thieves typically aren’t criminal masterminds,” said Solebury Police in a statement. “Most are casual opportunists. They see something they like, so they break in and take it. Before you get out of your car, make sure your valuables are out of sight.”

Police advise making sure that valuables are not visible on the seats, dashboard or floor of your car, including phones, purses/wallets, laptops, brief cases, bags, small electronics, cash/coins, and even your keys.

Here’s a few more tips for avoiding smash-and-grabs from Solebury Police:

  • Try to keep your car highly visible (car smash-and-grabs happen out of sight).
  • Always lock your doors and roll up your windows when you park.
  • Activate your security system if you have one.
  • Don’t use the console or glove box as mobile lock boxes.
  • Be alert for signs of car thieves.
  • See suspicious activity? Trust your instincts and don’t park there.
  • Never confront anyone yourself. Report suspicious activity, persons or vehicles to police at (215) 348-7400 or 911.

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