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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: 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: West Michigan home to three of most dangerous Mich. places

My Town: West Michigan home to three of most dangerous Mich. places

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich.—West Michigan is home to three of the 10 most dangerous places in the state, according to Movoto Real Estate.

The company based its rankings on cities with populations of 10,000 or more that also ranked high in murder, violent crimes, property crimes and total crimes, based on the 2012 FBI Uniform Crime Report.  Flint topped the list, followed by Benton Harbor, Detroit, Highland Park, Muskegon Heights, Harper Woods, Inkster, Flint Township, Ypsilanti and Kalamazoo. Grand Rapids came in at No. 16, Holland ranked 26th,  Walker took 32nd place, Grandville ranked 41st, Norton Shores landed at No. 42, Kalamazoo Township was 45th and Grand Haven came in at No. 50 among the 102 qualified communities.  To see the entire list, visit Movoto’s website here.

Muskegon Police want residents to lock car doors

Muskegon Police want residents to lock car doors

The Muskegon Police Department has seen some entering of vehicle instances in various locations in the city recently. In some cases, valuable electronics have been taken.

We would like to take a minute to remind everyone that many times these are crimes of opportunity. Criminals are more apt to go for the easy targets where they are less likely to be caught, i.e. Looking for an unlocked vehicle rather than attempting to break into the vehicle and bring attention to themselves.

Thus it is very important to remember to always lock your car doors and remove any valuables from plain sight. If you have a garage, it is a good idea to use it. Park in well-lit areas whenever possible.

Just a few precautionary measures can lower your risk of being the victim of crime.

Mother and son face charges after gunfire erupts in Muskegon

Mother and son face charges after gunfire erupts in Muskegon

MUSKEGON, Mich.—A 38-year-old woman and her 17-year-old son are facing charges after gunfire hit a home on the city’s south side.

Officers were called to the 1900 block of Hoyt Street just after 11 p.m. Saturday, after someone reported hearing gunfire.  Police determined the gunfire came from inside and outside a home that was hosting a teenage party.  Officers believe the people outside the home left the scene, heading toward Muskegon Heights.

No one was injured.  Officers found evidence of illicit drug use inside the home. The homeowner is facing criminal charges and her son has been detained and charged with obstruction.

Anyone with information in this case is asked to call the Muskegon Police Department tip line at (231) 846-8477 or Silent Observer at (231) 722-7463.

Break-in suspects surprised by resident

Break-in suspects surprised by resident

MUSKEGON, Mich.—Four teenagers are facing charges in connection to an armed break-in at a Muskegon home.

It happened at a home in the 300 block of Sumner Street around 9:15 p.m. on Jan. 21.  Police say the teenagers tried to break into a nearby home when they were surprised by one of the residents.  The suspects ran down an alley and into a vehicle.  Officers arrested the teenagers after finding two weapons in the vehicle.

The teenagers include two 15-year-old boys, a 17-year-old boy and a 19-year-old man.  All four are from Muskegon.

Anyone with additional information in this case is asked to call the Muskegon Police Department at (231) 724-6750 or Silent Observer at (231) 722-7463.

Restaurant employee accused of stealing customer credit card information

Restaurant employee accused of stealing customer credit card information

FRUITPORT TOWNSHIP, Mich.—A Taco Bell employee will face charges for using a customer’s credit card information to make purchases throughout the Muskegon County area.

On Jan. 10, officers say the suspect was working the drive through window at the Fruitport Township Taco Bell at 5425 Blueberry Lane when they took a customer’s credit card and copied down the information on it.  The employee then returned the card to the customer.

Police say the suspect presented a faulty credit card at businesses.  When the card was declined, the suspect would offer to call the credit card company to straighten things out.  The suspect would then present the handwritten account number, saying the credit card company provided that information to complete the transaction.

The Taco Bell customer saw the suspicious transactions listed on their account and contacted police, who tracked the crimes to the employee.