JUNCTION CITY, Kan. (KSNT) – Junction City Police are dealing with a fast growing number of car break-ins.
Kansas First News reporter Vanessa Martinas shows us some simple steps can help you protect your car or truck.
In just one day 8 cars and trucks were broken into in junction city.
Police say there were 20 incidents last week.
“There’s no particular pattern on the type of cars, it’s just a, they’re looking for, it’s a crime of opportunity like I said they’ll check cars till they find a car that’s unlocked,” Lt. Jeff Childs said.
In most cases the cars were simply left unlocked.
“What I know is, if you leave the car open you invite people to break-in and take your stuff,” Junction City resident Joan Valente said.
If burglars want to get into your car, police say they’ll find a way.
But don’t make it easy for them, lock your doors.
Keeping the windows cracked open while it’s parked, like this car, makes it easier for someone to take a peak at what’s inside.
Keeping personal items like your purse, your laptop or even your cell phone not visible through the windows is just another way you can prevent your car from being broken into.
If you have windows near the back of your car like an SUV, consider getting a cover.
Police say the best defense is vigilance.
“They’re just looking for to try to find vehicles that are unsecured and when they do they take advantage of that,” Childs said.
Police say it’s been happening in the early morning and late at night.
If you don’t already have one, an alarm system discourages people from breaking into your car because the noise draws attention to them.