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June 24, 2013

Thefts from vehicles on the rise

KPD warns people to watch out.

The Kokomo Police Department is responding to a growing number of thefts from vehicles and is warning the public to be more aware when it comes to your belongings.

It is normal for thefts and burglaries increase during summer months, including thefts from vehicles.

Police call it a crime of opportunity.

Last week, police reported several thefts from unlocked vehicles throughout the city. In those incidents, people reported tools, a TV, a GPS, and other items stolen. No arrests have been made.

Implementing a few proactive measures can greatly reduce your chances of being victimized. Warm weather can lead car owners to leave their windows down, which increases the opportunity for thefts, police said.

Kokomo Police offer these tips:

Keep your car visible

Park in well-lit areas. Avoid having your car concealed by larger vehicles, fences or foliage; thieves like to work in private.

Don’t make it easy

Keep windows and sunroofs closed and doors locked. Almost one-fourth of thefts from vehicles are from unlocked cars.

Hide your valuables

Many smash-and-grab thieves act on impulse. So keep your stuff out of sight – either with you or in a locked trunk. Don’t count on the glove box; thieves know to look there, and they’re easy to break into.

Don’t hand a thief your keys

Take you keys with you. If you think you have a great hiding place for a spare key, car break-in thieves know to look above the visor, in the center console, under the floor mat, in the trunk well, etc.

Stow your stuff before arrival

Experienced thieves often stake out parking lots to watch for people putting items in their trunk. Help prevent car break-ins by putting valuables, like laptops, messenger bags and electronic devices into your trunk before you get to the parking lot.

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