Re-Posting for more awareness:
According to an entry in the Urban Dictionary, Car Hopping is “the act of secretly entering someone’s automobile and taking whatever one finds useful, profitable or interesting.”
Car Hopping is a crime of opportunity that is sweeping the country. It has become a car burglar’s preferred method of taking advantage of people. Criminals will walk a street and lift door handles on cars as they pass. If a car is left unlocked, they will go through it and take what they want, usually items they can easily sell; occasionally it will be weapons. If the doors are locked, they keep moving. During the first three months of this year in Mesa, approximately 63% of vehicle burglaries were from unlocked cars.
When you get home, please take your property inside with you. This includes laptops, tablets, cell phones, guns, jewelry, kids sports bags, wallets, purses, sun glasses, cameras, etc.
TAKE IT … LOCK IT … KEEP IT!
See recent Blog Post for pictures and video of car hopping at work.