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PEPPERELL — Police have advised residents and visitors who park on the street or outside of garages overnight to keep their vehicles locked at all times.

Twenty thefts of personal property were reported in the police log in the period between June 27 and July 17.

Most of them, Detective William Greathead said, are the result of entries into parked vehicles. No windows were broken or locks jimmied. Entry was gained via unlocked doors.

“This isn’t the same Pepperell anymore,” Greathead said in reference to the days when doors could be left open without undue concern.

The larcenies occurred in scattered areas of town and at varying times, although vehicles on some public ways were struck more than once.

On July 4, two thefts were reported on West Street, at 10:28 a.m. and 5:38 p.m., for example. Four were investigated on Lomar Park Drive, one at 11:06 a.m. on July 2 and three more on July 13 at 5:56, 6:29 and 9:54 in the morning.

Larcenies were reported on Hadley and Scotia Drives, Bacon, Prescott, Lakin, Pine, Leighton, Mill, Townsend streets, and two on Main Street.

Police advise residents to garage their vehicles overnight wherever possible and always lock them when they are not in use.

The same recommendation was made two weeks ago for Dunstable residents by Police Chief James Downes III. — Don Eriksson