Take caution: Break-ins, burglaries on the rise in Norwalk and Willard

Zoe Greszler • Jan 7, 2019 at 4:00 AM

A series of break-ins and burglaries have plagued Huron County since the holiday season began, leading to two local agencies warning residents to take precautions. 

The Norwalk Police Department, through social media on Friday, warned the community of at least two burglaries that had taken place recently. The Willard Police Department warned of vehicular break-ins and resulting petty thefts. 

Norwalk police are investigating the two burglaries — one that happened on Norwood Avenue and the other on Whitefield Boulevard, according to the department’s Facebook post.

In another incidence, at 6:20 p.m. Dec. 27, the department’s log reported that police responded to 137 Woodlawn Ave. after receiving a report about a man attempting to gain entry into the home. The report was listed as a burglary. However, additional information was not available. 

“Forced entry was made in both burglaries and the houses were ransacked,” the post said. “As of this time, jewelry and a safe are missing. The crimes took place between 5 and 10 p.m.”

Those with information about either of those cases, or anyone who has surveillance video that could be of help, is encouraged to call police at 419-663-6780. Residents also are asked to call police should anything suspicious take place in their neighborhood. 

Willard police said there have been “several” reports of unlocked vehicles being entered throughout the city recently. 

Four vehicular break-ins or related thefts were reported on South Myrtle Avenue and Park and Woodbine streets between Wednesday and Saturday.

“Don’t tempt thieves,” the department posted on its Facebook page. 

“Make your vehicle a harder target. … Most thefts are a product of thieves taking advantage of an opportunity because they see something in a car they want. Reduce opportunity by ensuring that you never leave any items on your seats, dashboard or on the floor. These items include purses, laptops or laptop bags, briefcases and backpacks, any electronic devices, tools and even loose change.”

The department also gave the following tips to reduce your risk of being a victim:

• Keep your vehicles locked.

• Park in well-lit areas and turn on outside lights.

• Remove valuables from your vehicle.

• Don’t leave your vehicle running unattended.

“Look out for each other and report any suspicious activity in your neighborhood,” Willard police encouraged in the post.

Willard police can be reached at 419-933-2561. Anonymous tips can be left at 419-933-6110. 

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