Eugene (KMTR) – The Eugene Police Department says they have noticed a big spike in the number of car break-ins. In just one week, officers have counted 80 reports of thefts from cars.
In many cases, the thief has broken a window, which is nearly impossible for car owners to prevent. But owners can remove the temptation by leaving vehicles empty. Even items not considered valuable could tip burglars off that other, more valuable things may be inside.
“People need to not think of their car as kind of a locker to keep their property. They need to think of it as though those windows are all open, because that's how accessible that property is, says Eugene Police Sergeant Lisa Barrong.
Sgt. Barrong says an alarming number of laptops, iPads, purses and wallets have been taken recently.
Barrong also reminds drivers to be mindful of leaving garage door openers on the visor; it's like handing thieves a key to your home.