Sheriff’s deputies are using a a pair of unrelated crime sprees as a reminder for everyone to lock vehicles and take vcaluables inside.

On Saturday, three vehicles were broken into while parked at Chadwick Park at Englewood Beach. Two of the vehicles which were parked close to each other were forcibly entered by smashing out the passenger side windows. The third vehicle had been left unlocked. On Sunday, a fourth vehicle was reported to have been entered while parked at Englewood Beach. On Monday, two vehicles at addresses off Placida Road were reported as being burglarized. Both vehicles had been left unlocked. Deputies say the best way to prevent theft of items from your vehicle is to lock it and take the valuable, easy-to-remove stuff like cell phones and credit cards inside.