Vehicle Break in Begin the New Year with an Old Problem

A new year...an old problem.

In the first week of 2009, the Arvada Police Department received 17 reports of car break-ins in the city. Nearly half of these crimes involved vehicles with unlocked doors. 

Wallets, iPods, CDs, tools and checks were some of the items stolen in the city’s 661 first-degree criminal trespass (car break-in) incidents reported in Arvada last year. (*Preliminary stats for 2008.)

“In reviewing reports throughout the year it appears that in nearly half of the first degree criminal trespass crimes the suspects made entry into the vehicles through unlocked doors,” said Commander Aaron Jacks.

While locking your vehicle isn’t a guarantee you’ll avoid being a target, this step coupled with removing anything of value from your car can drastically reduce your risk of becoming a victim of this crime.

Remove Garage Door Openers From Vehicles

Citizens are also warned to remove the garage door opener from plain site in their vehicles.

Another concerning trend officers are beginning to see is thieves take the automatic garage door opener from inside the vehicle to then make entry into the garage to either steal property there or from inside the home.

“Homeowners oftentimes clip the garage door opener on the sun visor inside the car. Not only does a crook have access to property inside the car, but in seconds a thief can open a garage door and steal valuable items from the homeowner,” said Sergeant Steve Grisham of the Arvada Police Department.

Focus on Arresting Those Responsible

The Arvada Police Department has made a handful of arrests involving thieves breaking into cars. While some of the suspects have been juveniles, there have been those with a history of committing this crime.

“Officers are focusing patrol efforts on trying to identify and arrest those committing car break-ins," advised Commander Jacks, "but we also need the help of the public to report any suspicious activity in their neighborhoods.”