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My Town: 7 tips to protect your home from spring break predators

My Town: 7 tips to protect your home from spring break predators

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—With spring break fast approaching, many West Michigan families are fine-tuning their travel plans—and so are thieves.

Most West Michigan schools will be out of session April 3-10, so families can take a vacation.  East Grand Rapids Public Safety Director Mark Herald says this is the time homeowners need to step up safety measures.  Herald shares seven ways to make your home less attractive to thieves:

My Town: West Michigan's safest and most dangerous places

My Town: West Michigan's safest and most dangerous places

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—West Michigan is home to one of the safest cities in Michigan, according to a new analysis by Value Penguin.

East Grand Rapids ranked fifth among midsize cities and 16th overall.  Value Penguin based its rankings on FBI crime statistics collected in 2013.  The group excluded towns with populations less than 5,000. Value Penguin then compared crimes in the remaining cities per capita, giving more weight to violent crimes than property crimes. 

The West Michigan communities that came in above the state average for crimes included Spring Lake-Ferrysburg (No. 28), Rockford (No. 45), Zeeland (No. 56), Belding (No. 80) and Grand Haven (No. 118).

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: Trio wanted for carjacking in Greenville

My Town: Trio wanted for carjacking in Greenville

GREENVILLE, Mich.— Authorities are looking for a West Michigan trio wanted for a series of crimes, including stealing a Rockford woman’s vehicle.

The incident happened July 20 outside the Meijer in Greenville. Daniel Edward Leussenkamp Jr., 25, Kimberly Ann Wonsey, 20, both of Wyoming, and Kevin Michael Seely, 25, of Belding are all wanted on carjacking charges.

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My Town: Potentially costly spoofing scam spreads to Kent County

My Town: Potentially costly spoofing scam spreads to Kent County

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—The sheriff department is warning residents about a scam that’s made its way into Kent County.

On June 16, a resident contacted the sheriff department to report a suspicious phone call.  The suspect masked their phone number so it appeared the phone call was coming from the Kent County Sheriff Department.  The predator told the victim the Kent County Sheriff Department had a warrant out for their arrest and they needed to pay hundreds of dollars to take care of the warrant.  The scammer also used an actual sheriff department employee’s name.  Fortunately, the victim thought the call was suspicious and contacted deputies.

My Town Wyoming: Officers warn of warm-weather burglars

My Town Wyoming: Officers warn of warm-weather burglars

WYOMING, Mich.— Wyoming Public Safety officers are looking for a group of burglars taking advantage of the warmer weather.

Investigators say between June 2 and June 3, burglars broke into several northside homes by cutting or removing  screens on windows that were left open.  In one case, the burglars entered a home through an unlocked back slider door.

The U.S. Department of Justice says one-third of home burglaries involve unlocked doors or windows. Residents can take several steps to protect their homes, including:

Three arrested for as many as 20 break-ins around county

Three arrested for as many as 20 break-ins around county

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Three people have been arrested for as many as 20 business break-ins around West Michigan.

 

The Westland Police Department arrested a person during an in-progress business break-in on May 4. Detectives with Kent County and Wyoming investigated that the suspect was involved in break-ins in Kent County. They were able to identify a second suspect from Wyoming in the break-ins, and later a third suspect from Canton, Michigan.

 

Kent County deputies say that the three have admitted to eight break-ins in Algoma Township, Plainfield Township, and Gaines Township and approximately 12 others in Grandville and Wyoming. The break-ins occurred overnight on March 22-23 and April 25-26.

 

Deputies say that two of the three are currently on parole and all three have a drug habit.

 

More charges over multiple jurisdictions are expected in the next week.