PARMA, Ohio – Anyone who owns a vehicle ought to take notice of the rash of break-ins and thefts occurring across the region. Parma, Parma Heights, Brooklyn, Independence and Seven Hills are among the communities impacted.
In some cases, the cars or trucks were left unlocked. In many cases, thieves ransacked the vehicles and stole items of value that had been left inside. Electronic devices, cash, jewelry and sometimes the cars were stolen.
Police said thieves – at least some of the teens – have been casing homes looking for unlocked vehicles. They wander through neighborhoods late at night trying car doors to see if they’re unlocked or easy to break into. Then they rifle through the vehicle looking for cash and other valuables.
Police have been warning residents to be careful and to ensure they lock their vehicles – especially if they’re left in the driveway or parked on the street overnight. In an effort to crack down on the thefts, some police departments are working with the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office. Technology and unmarked cars are also being used to catch the thieves. And some residents who have cameras trained on their yards have helped law enforcement by sharing video or still photos.
Being vigilant, removing valuables from locking your vehicle and keeping the key away from open windows or unlocked doors are a few of the common-sense tips that can save you from the headache of having your car damaged and items – or the car itself – stolen.
Shredding event: Parma Heights residents should mark their calendars for the next citywide shred event, which will take place 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 24 at the city service garage in Greenbrier Commons.
The event is for residents only and there is a limit of two boxes per family.
Car raffle: The Parma City Schools Foundation will have a drawing for a red 2020 Chevrolet Trax on Dec. 10. The SUV is donated by Serpentini Chevrolet in Strongsville. It is valued at nearly $24,000 and the winner is responsible for taxes. Also, the car must be titled to an adult 18 or older and possession must be taken by Dec. 31.
Second prize in the drawing is $500 and the third prize. Prizes must be claimed within 30 days of the drawing.
There also is a $5 coupon on the ticket that can be used at Amici’s Restaurant in North Royalton with a purchase of $25 or more.
For more information, contact Tom Regas at 440-382-6333 or [email protected]; Nancy Fedak at 440-655-8224 or [email protected]; Barbara Filipow at 440-487-2863 or [email protected]; or Craig Phillips at 440-241-
2673 or [email protected]
The raffle is a fundraiser and proceeds will be used to help the foundation continue its mission to benefit and enrich the educational experiences of students in the Parma City School District, which serves Parma, Parma Heights and Seven Hills.
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