Car break-ins rising in Victoria

VICTORIA- Car break-ins are one of the most common crimes in Victoria, it’s also one of the most preventable according to police.

Twenty-nine is the number of vehicle burglaries that have taken place in the last 30 days, according to communitycrimemap.com.

“As far south to as far north and everywhere in between we’re having vehicle burglaries,” said John Turner, Victoria police officer.

Comparing the data from this time last year between February 21 to March 21, 2016, only 21 car burglaries were reported. Not much of a difference, but when you compare the yearly totals from January to March the number of vehicle burglaries increased from 64 in 2016 to 106 in 2017.

“Our burglars are taking advantage of certain situations,” said Turner.

One of those situations included leaving the car unlocked something area resident Beth Manuel says she used to do.

“The glove compartment was open and the console was open,” said Manuel, whose car was broken into.

While Manuel says nothing was taken that night she said it was a wake up call.

“I lock it every night.”

Turner also recommended taking out personal items along with keys in the event someone breaks in.

“We just have to constantly remind ourselves that there are people will take advantage of us if we just give them the opportunity.”

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