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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: 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 Coopersville: Another break-in attempt reported as city adds security fence

My Town Coopersville: Another break-in attempt reported as city adds security fence

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.— Work is underway to improve security at the Department of Public Works garage, just as the city handles yet another break-in attempt at the site.

City Manager Steven Patrick says earlier this month, someone tried to break the door knob at the garage but failed.  The city’s recreation building did experience a break-in, but Patrick believes the suspect was just looking for a place to spend the night, as nothing of value was taken.

The city is adding a gate and fence around the DPW site to prevent thieves from driving off with city property.  That project is expected to be finished within the next couple weeks, if the weather cooperates.  However, the security measures only prevent vehicles from entering, not thieves who walk onto the property.  Patrick expects the city will need to further upgrade security at the site in the future.

My Town Coopersville: Author sorts fact from fiction about Michigan's largest mass murder

My Town Coopersville: Author sorts fact from fiction about Michigan's largest mass murder

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—An author focused on finding the truth about Michigan’s largest mass murder will share his findings next week.

Author Steve Lehto will visit Coopersville Area District Library Thursday, June 5 at 7 p.m.   The event is presented by Coopersville Historical Society.  In his newest book, “Death’s Door: The Truth Behind Michigan’s Largest Mass Murder”, Lehto sifts through conflicting news reports, transcripts and other documents to set the record straight about the Christmas Eve 1913 massacre in Calumet.

No registration is required for this event.  Coopersville Area District Library is located at 333 Ottawa Street in Coopersville. 

My Town Coopersville: City to install security gates to deter thieves

My Town Coopersville: City to install security gates to deter thieves

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—Coopersville city council members  have approved plans to install security gates around the Department of Public Works, after another break-in at the site.

City Manager Steven Patrick says someone recently stole more than $1,000 worth of parts for guard rails that were to be installed at the waste water treatment plant. It’s unclear when the crime took place, but Patrick suspects it happened within the past month.  Patrick says the city is filing a claim with its insurance company to cover the cost of the stolen parts, but the city must still meet its deductible.

Patrick says the DPW garage has been broken into in years’ past; thieves then took equipment worth more than $5,000.

The new security plans call for installing fencing on three sides of the building and including electronic key access at one entryway.  The project cost will come out of the city’s general budget. 

My Town Coopersville: City to consider stepping up security after DPW thefts

My Town Coopersville: City to consider stepping up security after DPW thefts

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—Coopersville city council members Monday night  will consider  adding security gates around the Department of Public Works, after another break-in at the site.

City Manager Steven Patrick says someone recently stole more than $1,000 worth of parts for guard rails that were to be installed at the waste water treatment plant.  He says the DPW garage has been broken into in the past; thieves then took equipment worth more than $5,000.

Patrick is calling on the Coopersville city council to consider studying and eventually constructing gates on the facility’s north and south ends to deter thieves and prevent crimes that cost taxpayers money.

Thief swipes vehicle off dealership lot in daylight

Thief swipes vehicle off dealership lot in daylight

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—Ottawa County deputies are looking for a man in his thirties who posed as a customer to steal a car off a dealership lot.

Investigators say the suspect arrived at Betten-Baker Auto just before 12:30 p.m. Thursday and began asking questions about a red  two-door 2001 Chevrolet Camaro.  After distracting the salesperson, the thief swiped the Camaro’s keys and drove away.

During their investigation, deputies found the suspect had driven to Coopersville in a Mercedes SUV stolen from another dealership about 165 miles away in Ferndale, MI. 

The stolen vehicle is a Z-28 SS model with the Michigan dealer license plate of 421D28.  That plate was originally on the Mercedes.

Anyone with information in this case is asked to call Silent Observer at 1-877-88-SILENT or submit their tip online at www.mosotips.com.