Shutting and locking your car door isn’t enough to protect you from becoming a victim of a car break in; police say criminals have no problem busting out your glass to get to your stuff.
Those who go to trail heads in our area frequently have noticed the problem.
“Every time I come here, I notice the broken glass and I know people are just doing a quick smash and grab,” said Dan Rider, a hiker in Roseville.
Thieves have been targeting trail heads in our area. They know the people there leave their cars for at at least 30 minutes.
“Easy targets are cars that have cell phones or purses, gym bags, grocery store bags, things like that inside their car,” said Kelby Newton, with Roseville Police Department.
Putting your stuff in the trunk doesn’t really help, either. If a thief is watching, they know what you have and where to get it. They could bust through a window and pop open the trunk.
Newton suggests hiding your things before parking at the trail head.
“I am not going to leave my car here. I see all the broken glass,” Rider said. “I leave it at my work two blocks up hill.”
The weather is getting warmer and more people will be out using these recreational areas. Watch out for one another and call police with any suspicious activity.
“Anybody that is out looking in a car or piercing into windows, unusual behavior. Somebody that is parked in the parking lot for an extended period of time and they don’t look like they’re here to take part in any type of exercise,”said Newton.