As always, York County law enforcement suggests that people who don't want their stuff stolen should lock their doors.

The York County District Attorney's Office put out a news release Tuesday to that effect, saying that the "York metro area" has experienced a rash of burglaries and thefts from vehicles lately.

This year has seen 283 vehicle thefts in York County, according to the DA's office, and in 121 of those, the keys had been left inside the vehicle.

So, don't do that, the DA's office suggests.

The district attorney's office notes that there also have been 13 burglaries with vehicles taken — meaning it was stolen from inside a structure, such as a garage — and seven stolen cars had guns in them.

A quick scan of local police departments' websites shows many reports of thefts of and from automobiles.

Springettsbury Township Police actually put out a news release Oct. 18 saying three cars had been stolen from the Fayfield and Old East York neighborhoods of the township, and all of them had been unlocked with their keys left inside.

And Spring Garden Township Police have many reports on their site of cars rummaged through or stolen from driveways. For one particularly apt example, someone in the 400 block of Country Club Road reported that someone entered an unlocked home overnight, took a purse and car keys and then drove away with the victim's car. There are also reports of wallets and weapons taken from Spring Garden Township vehicles. Those are items local police advise people don't keep in unlocked cars.

The DA's office asks that the general public be vigilant and report any suspicious activity they see to local authorities.

— Sean Cotter covers York City for The York Dispatch. Contact him at or on Twitter at @SPCotterYD.

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