In light of recent car burglaries, Mayor Ellen Dickson reminded Summit residents to lock their car doors and make more of an effort to protect their property.
As part of the Mayor's report at Tuesday's City Council meeting, Dickson said 35 car burglaries this year involved vehicles that were unlocked. She also noted that residents are leaving valuable assets such as purses and iPads unprotected in their cars.
"I think the Summit residents have to try to a little harder," she said. "Please be a little more careful."
Summit Police Chief Robert Weck confirmed that the majority of thefts from cars do not involve forced entry. While people envision windows being smashed or locks broken, in most cases, the vehicles are unsecured, he said following the meeting.
Continuing with her report, Dickson also told the council and the public that she had a chance to view the drawings for the additions at Franklin and Jefferson schools.
"The addition at Franklin will blend in beautifully. They're using the same bricks; it's a very nice, stately addition," she said. "The addition at Jefferson makes a real statement. It's quite stunning and I think the residents will be very happy with it. The Board of Ed will be rolling out some presentations to show the public."
The City Council will meet next at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1.