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PEPPERELL — A rash of thefts from unlocked vehicles and some homes have prompted police to caution residents to lock their vehicles and homes, particularly at night but anytime they are unoccupied.

Lt. David Scott said this week that Pepperell and neighboring towns have seen a rash of larcenies from unlocked homes and vehicles in the recent past.

Most references to larcenies published in the weekly police log are from vehicles that were entered during the nighttime hours, with small items such as loose change, cameras or GPS units stolen, Scott said. Some vehicles are gone through with nothing apparently missing.

In this week’s log, one entry involved a home. However, there were one or two others the previous week where a perpetrator entered an unlocked home, grabbing an item or two such as a television set.

“Please make your readers aware of these issues and warn them to lock their vehicles and homes,” Scott said. “None of these cases involve any type of forced entry.

“We have had cases recently were multiple vehicles in the same driveway were targeted, but the ones that were locked were not entered. People simply locking their doors could keep them from being victimized,” he said. — Don Eriksson