Vandalia Police Chief Larry Eason reported late last week that his officers had been handling an unusually high number of reports related to the theft of items from vehicles.
And he noted that there was one fairly common thread in those thefts the thieves had been provided easy pickings.
Eason seemed frustrated about that, the fact that some local residents continue to leave their property unsecured. In a number of cases, the thieves had only to open vehicle doors to get to their treasures.
Unfortunately, the days of less crime in small towns are gone. No longer can we leave our homes and vehicles unlocked, even for short periods of time.
We join Eason in advising local residents to remember that there are plenty of individuals out there looking for unhindered access to our belongings.