It has been an ongoing problem in Tucson, police are again warning about a "big" spike in car break-ins. Police say there have been nearly 800 so far this year, a 40% increase compared to this time last year.
Police reports indicate there were 776 incidents that involved theft of personal property from vehicles and 253 thefts of motor vehicle parts. According to experts, approximately 60% of all thefts from vehicles are the result of people leaving their car doors unlocked or leaving valuables in the car where would-be thieves can easily see them.
Authorities now want to get a message across, if thieves can see it, they will steal it. They want to remind people to "lock it, or lose it"
They recommend the following prevention tips to keep would-be thieves away:
- Lock car doors and take the keys with you.
- Park in a secure/well-lit location.
- Don't leave valuables out in plain site (lock them in a trunk or take them with you)
- Park in a garage if possible.