“We continue to experience a rash of entering auto crimes. Most of the time citizens report that the items taken were money, purses, cell phones, laptops, etc. We encourage everyone not to leave these items in plain sight. They serve as an invitation to the bad guy to break into the vehicle and take them,” the department posted on its Facebook page Wednesday.
CPD Capt. Mark Camp said crimes have occurred in different parts of the city and the most recent involved forced entry.
“Pay particular attention to this if you are going to a gym for a workout. Thieves know that people typically leave high dollar items in the vehicle while they go inside to workout. We encourage you to take your items with you and lock them in a locker or at least store these items in the trunk of your vehicle,” the Facebook post read.
According to crimemapping.com data, 27 entering autos were reported between May 1 and Wednesday.
Determining what’s behind the increase can prove difficult.
“It's always hard to tell why these crimes pick up. It could be the warmer weather at night, but who can say?” Camp said.
Although the department’s Facebook page thanked citizens for tips on Wednesday, Camp said he was unsure whether investigators had received information on the string of car break-ins.
“I do not know if the investigators have leads or not just yet. I am quite sure that it is just a matter of time before a lead or leads develop,” he said.
The department asks anyone who sees someone suspicious hanging around a parking lot or looking into vehicles to call 911.