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Passports, laptop, $200 cash stolen from unlocked cars in Perrysburg subdivision

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Leaving your car unlocked isn’t safe, not even in your own driveway.

That’s the lesson some people in one Perrysburg subdivision learned the hard way.

Some homeowners in the Meigs on the River subdivision off of Indiana Avenue woke up Saturday morning as crime victims.

Gadgets, wallets, and purses vanished from several cars.

"We didn't see or hear anything,” says Judy Converse, a neighbor who was not a victim. “It was very quiet, just like it always is around the neighborhood."

That’s the point. The crook didn’t have to break a window.

He or she targeted cars on Ridge Drive left unlocked overnight in driveways.

According to Perrysburg police reports, one woman lost a debit card, $200 in cash, a personal check made out to her for $140, and her iPod charger and headphones.

One man reported someone swiped his laptop, two U.S. passports, a briefcase, a portfolio with business papers, and eight flash drives.

Another man lost a roll of coins, a $50 Cracker Barrel gift card, and a phone charging cord.

"Generally speaking, it's a crime of opportunity,” says Assistant Chief Paul Magdich with the Oregon Police Department.

Magdich says those folks in Perrysburg aren’t alone.  His city of Oregon doesn’t have a big issue with cars left unlocked, however, drivers do leave items right out in the open.

"You hate to tell people they have to hoard and hide everything, but you know the easiest way to deal with things is just not leave them out and advertise them,” says Magdich.

"It's a bit disturbing,” says Converse. “I'm a little older so I remember growing up and leaving the doors unlocked."

Judy Converse has lived in her Perrysburg home for 18 years.  She parks her cars in the garage.  Like many others, she keeps the garage closed because times have changed.

"It's still a wonderful area and a wonderful place to raise a family,” says Converse.

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