More than 15 unlocked cars burglarized in Montague

MONTAGUE — Several residents woke up Friday to find their cars had been entered in the night and valuables stolen.

Besides the thefts, the 15-plus victims had one thing in common: they had all left their car doors unlocked overnight. The thefts occurred between Montague Center and Turners Falls.

A seemingly frustrated Chief Charles “Chip” Dodge commented on the thefts via Facebook.

“Over the years we have asked that everyone lock their doors, including vehicle and home, overnight and when they are away,” Dodge wrote. “For some reason, some choose to still not follow this request.”

Gone, he said, are the days when people could leave their homes and cars unlocked without worry.

“We do not live in a world of complete trust anymore,” the chief continued. “If you leave something available to get stolen, it will get stolen. I am very sorry to say that, but it is true.”

The chief said the thefts could have easily been prevented if people just took the time to lock their doors and remove or hide their valuables.

“I am getting to the point where I want to hire an additional police officer just to go around at night and lock up all of the unlocked cars,” wrote Dodge.

In the end, the chief apologized for his “strong message.”

“This community really means a lot to me and I hate to see people fall victim to crimes that could have been prevented,” he concluded.

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