More than 75 car break-ins have been reported in Arvada since
July 1, 2010. While the city saw a 7% drop in the crime of first degree
criminal trespass (car break-ins) in the first half of the year, the
spike in this crime in July is a cause for concern for police.
In 50% of the car break-in crimes the
doors of the vehicles were unlocked allowing easy access for criminals
to steal personal property left inside cars.
Cash, credit cards, GPS units and iPods
are some of the more popular items stolen.
Citizens are reminded to always lock
their car doors and to never leave items of value inside, even if it’s
“stashed” so it’s out of view from those passing by. They should
also remove cords to electronics so it doesn’t tip a would-be criminal
as to what may be inside a vehicle.
Police ask citizens to report any suspicious
individuals in neighborhoods or those who may be lurking about in parking
lots of stores in the city.
The rash of car break-ins in July has
occurred throughout the entire city.
Several arrests have been made of those
allegedly involved in several of the car break-ins in recent weeks.
For a more detailed look at Arvada Crime Reports, click here.