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Authorities see an increase in car break-ins throughout city, county

Posted at 12:53 PM, Apr 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-14 20:17:25-04

Make sure to lock, secure, and take belongings out of your car. 

Authorities say there has been an increase in car break-ins throughout Pima County and the City of Tucson.

Palo Verde Neighborhood Association President, Ronnie Kotwica, has been reminding her neighbors to lock their cars.  

She says Tucson Police say there has been an uptick of car break-ins in midtown but that's not all. "They say, it's citywide -- it's not just our neighborhood it's everywhere," Kotwica said.

According to Tucson Police in 2018, there have been 1,158 car break-ins throughout the city. In 2017 there were 4,066 throughout the whole year.

"What they're doing is they're just going up and down the streets and they're trying every car. If they can get in without breaking in it's better for them," Kotwica said.

Police say break-ins commonly happen when cars are left unlocked because it is an easier and quieter way for thieves to get in. Often times if they see something visible they will break the windows.

KGUN9 wanted to get a better look at break-ins throughout Pima County.

According to the Pima County Sheriff's Department from January to March 2017, there were 284 break-ins reported.

This year, that number increased to 334.

The photos show above are provided by PCSD - they show the increase of car break-ins from 2017 to 2018 in the Foothills, Rincon and San Xavier areas. 

PCSD says, Lock your cars!