You know electronics and loose change are favorites of car break-in thieves, but in a handful of cases, these crooks are looking to swipe tools from victims.
Between November 2009 and January of this year there were 123 car break-ins reported in the city. 16 of those incidents involved stolen tools (13%).
Drills were the most commonly reported tool stolen.
"It appears the criminals either attempt to pawn the stolen items or sell them for quick cash," said Commander Aaron Jacks of the Arvada Police Department.
There are steps you can take to reduce your risk of being a victim of this kind of crime.
- Do not leave any items of value in your vehicle.
- If you must store tools in your car or truck, keep them out of view and invest in a sturdy locking system if possible.
- Another step to increase the odds of having your items returned if they are stolen is to be sure to log your tools (pictures, serial number, etc.) and to keep the documentation inside your home.
"It's especially difficult for the victims of these crimes because the tools are often their livelihood," said Commander Jacks. "Without their tools, they cannot do their work. It's not an inconvenience; it affects their ability to earn a living."