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MICHIGAN CITY — Police are warning residents to lock their car doors after receiving complaints about a rash of car thefts and break-ins throughout the city, police said in a news release. 

Eleven vehicles have been stolen in the last three weeks, Michigan City police said Wednesday. 

Car owners should take keys with them, close and lock all windows and doors when parked, park in well-lit areas and never leave vehicles unattended with the engine running, the release stated. 

"We are also urging our residents to avoid leaving articles inside your vehicle and instead remove and take these personal items indoors," the release stated. 

With the holiday season coming up, police also urged drivers to keep packages in trunks and carry a cellphone while shopping, be aware of surroundings and of anyone approaching, and keep keys in hand while walking to a vehicle or home. 

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Lauren covers breaking news, crime and courts for The Times. She previously worked at The Herald-News in Joliet covering government, public policy, and the region’s heroin epidemic. She holds a master’s degree in Public Affairs Reporting.