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Police Officer: ‘Lock Your Vehicles’

Thieves stole personal items from cars and an apartment this week, according to Temple Terrace Police Community Service Officer Ken Stanton.

As Temple Terrace’s new community service officer, Ken Stanton encouraged motorists to lock their vehicles in this week’s Crime Update.

Two out of the three crimes he chose to highlight from the Temple Terrace Police Department were auto burglaries.

“As you can see by the … selected crimes, it is imperative that you lock your vehicles,” Stanton wrote in the update. “Place all valuables out of sight (in the trunk, glove box or center console). This helps you and us by keeping the police officers taking the reports available and on patrol to catch these culprits. Let’s keep them out of Temple Terrace, preferably in Hillsborough County Jail.”

Stanton emails Crime Updates to residents who have indicated that they want to receive the weekly reports. The crimes he featured this week were:

Burglary Residence
Gardens of Temple Terrace
Someone broke the back sliding glass door and entered an apartment and took personal items, Stanton said.

Burglary Auto
Between Druid Hills Road and Whiteway Drive
Someone entered an unlocked vehicle and took personal items, Stanton said.

Burglary Auto
North of Fowler Avenue
Someone entered an unlocked vehicle and took a weapon and personal items, Stanton said.

In the update, Stanton also told residents that he will be in the Meadowood area Saturday to meet neighbors during a community garage sale. He invited residents to chat with him and said he’s looking forward to meeting everyone.

“If you are planning a neighborhood watch meeting, please pass on the date and time so I can make it a priority to attend,” he added. “I am attending two so far in November: Theresa Arbor on Nov. 12 at 7 p.m.; and Raintree Oaks on Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m.

“If your neighborhood watch has gone to the wayside, let’s get it back and active. If you are a watch coordinator, want to be a watch coordinator or know of your coordinator please email your contact information so I can update my records.”

Stanton’s email address is KStanton@templeterrace.com.

You can also view daily activity logs from the Temple Terrace Police Department.

Carol Dell November 02, 2012 at 10:57 AM
Someone stole my bike from my driveway on Monday afternoon.
SHARON ALVAREZ November 02, 2012 at 12:20 PM
I saw a suspicious young man in Raintree On Skylake Place yesterday walking and checking out vehicles and he was looking around to see who was watching. It was approx 5:20pm... So, we all need to be aware and call police for this type activity. Better to be safe than sorry.

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