Bath Township requests patrols to deter thefts

BATH TOWNSHIP — Bath Township trustees have asked the Allen County Sheriff’s Office to step up patrols in the township to cut down on an apparent increase in opportunistic burglaries targeting sheds, garages and cars.

“We were getting enough anecdotal feedback to give it a shot,” Bath Township Trustee Bob Sielschott said.

An uptick in burglaries and other property crimes is also common during the summer months when warm weather makes thefts easier.

Unlike other townships with dedicated police officers, Bath Township relies on a contract with the sheriff’s department to police the area, and Sielschott said the agreement has enough flexibility to request additional patrols throughout the area in order to deter potential criminals.

As for how long increased patrols will continue, Sielschott gave an unspecified time to maximize the deterrence effect.

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