Ottawa Hills Police want to raise awareness and have people pay closer attention to activity in their neighborhood.
On Thursday, police say they received two reports from two separate home owners, about copper downspouts being stolen from their property. In one case, Detective Carl Reuther says it's likely the homeowner was inside at the time of the crime, when two 12-foot sections of copper downspouts were carried away.
"When someone's home and they're bold enough to go into a driveway and take a downspout from a garage or a home, that's pretty bold," said Reuther.
Reuther says it's a crime of opportunity for a would-be thief, or thieves, to prey on a house for a quick "scrap metal score" if they believe nobody is home and nobody is watching.
"Any type of scrap metal that has value, and that would include aluminum, they would be inclined to perhaps take it if they have the opportunity," explained Reuther.
Reuther is urging people to keep a closer watch for any suspicious activity, especially if they know a house in their neighborhood is not occupied.
"A home if they're not home, the house is vacant, the house is for sale, if at all possible, contact us immediately," said Reuther.