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My Town: 7 tips to protect your home from spring break predators

My Town: 7 tips to protect your home from spring break predators

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—With spring break fast approaching, many West Michigan families are fine-tuning their travel plans—and so are thieves.

Most West Michigan schools will be out of session April 3-10, so families can take a vacation.  East Grand Rapids Public Safety Director Mark Herald says this is the time homeowners need to step up safety measures.  Herald shares seven ways to make your home less attractive to thieves:

My Town: West Michigan's safest and most dangerous places

My Town: West Michigan's safest and most dangerous places

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—West Michigan is home to one of the safest cities in Michigan, according to a new analysis by Value Penguin.

East Grand Rapids ranked fifth among midsize cities and 16th overall.  Value Penguin based its rankings on FBI crime statistics collected in 2013.  The group excluded towns with populations less than 5,000. Value Penguin then compared crimes in the remaining cities per capita, giving more weight to violent crimes than property crimes. 

The West Michigan communities that came in above the state average for crimes included Spring Lake-Ferrysburg (No. 28), Rockford (No. 45), Zeeland (No. 56), Belding (No. 80) and Grand Haven (No. 118).

My Town: 10 ways to protect yourself while shopping

My Town: 10 ways to protect yourself while shopping

KENTWOOD, Mich.—As the busiest shopping day of the year approaches, police are offering 10 ways to protect yourself and your vehicle from thieves.

 

Help Eliminate Auto Thefts (H.E.A.T.) works with Michigan law enforcement agencies to track down suspected car thieves and those suspected of auto theft-related insurance fraud.    Shoppers are encouraged to follow these tips:

My Town East Grand Rapids: Officers warn of uptick in thefts

My Town East Grand Rapids: Officers warn of uptick in thefts

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—East Grand Rapids Public Safety officers are looking for three suspects in a string of thefts.

Investigators say three males where seen on bicycles between 2 a.m. and 5 a.m. on Nov. 13 and Nov. 15, around the same time as the crimes took place.  Officers say the thieves targeted eight unlocked vehicles parked along streets, in driveways and in unlocked garages between Argentina Drive, Breton Road, Wilshire Drive and Plymouth Road.

Officers are asking residents to deter these thieves by locking their garages and vehicles.  Anyone with information about these crimes is asked to call the Public Safety Department at (616) 949-7010.

Home Break-ins on South End of Grand Rapids

Home Break-ins on South End of Grand Rapids

Two homes in the same development were broken into on Friday, October 24, 2014; one in the 200 block of Loch Lomond SE and the other in the 3300 Chevy Chase SE area. The break-ins occurred between 10am and 1pm while the homes were unoccupied.

After damaging doors to gain entry, the intruders spilled contents from drawers and cabinets, leaving the homes in a mess but nothing was taken.

A silver Chrysler van with black trim on the sides was seen in the area about the time of the break-ins. The vehicle may also have an Illinois license plate.

Anyone who may have information in regard to these crimes is asked to contact the Kent County Sheriff’s office at 616-632-6357.

My Town EGR: Bicycle thefts lead to alert from officers

My Town EGR: Bicycle thefts lead to alert from officers

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— Lock up your bicycles; that’s the warning from East Grand Rapids public safety officers, after a string of thefts in the area.

Officers say more than 20 bicycles have been reported stolen since the end of May.  Most of the thefts took place during daytime, and all of the bicycles were unlocked.  The thieves targeted bicycles in front of businesses, on racks at schools and the library, as well as front yards, side yards and open garages.

Officers encourage families to keep their garage and service doors locked to protect property, including bicycles.  Residents can also register their bicycles with the city for free, so their property can be returned if found.  To register a bicycle, bring it to the public safety department, 770 Lakeside Drive, during regular business hours.

My Town: Potentially costly spoofing scam spreads to Kent County

My Town: Potentially costly spoofing scam spreads to Kent County

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—The sheriff department is warning residents about a scam that’s made its way into Kent County.

On June 16, a resident contacted the sheriff department to report a suspicious phone call.  The suspect masked their phone number so it appeared the phone call was coming from the Kent County Sheriff Department.  The predator told the victim the Kent County Sheriff Department had a warrant out for their arrest and they needed to pay hundreds of dollars to take care of the warrant.  The scammer also used an actual sheriff department employee’s name.  Fortunately, the victim thought the call was suspicious and contacted deputies.