LEMONT - Lemont has experienced some recent thefts from unlocked vehicles in subdivisions located off of McCarthy Road.
The thefts are committed by juveniles who travel the interstate system victimizing communities close to interchanges, Lemont police said in a news release.
"As those areas become target-hardened due to residents diligently locking their vehicles, the thieves are moving inward to subdivisions where unlocked vehicles are more prevalent," according to the release.
The crews only target cars that are unlocked, and the thieves grab what is accessible. The crews often commit crimes in several suburbs during one night, police said.
The crews occasionally steal cars if they find keys inside an unlocked vehicle and use stolen cars for raids on the days immediately following the theft. Frequently, thieves find garage door openers in unlocked cars and open garages to steal vehicles, police said.
Police will increase presence in the neighborhoods targeted by the crews, but ask residents to assist them by protecting possessions. Additionally, residents are encouraged to lock cars that are parked outside overnight, close garage doors and do not leave keys inside an unattended vehicle.