Let’s talk auto burglaries and thefts
As some of you are aware we had a couple of cars broken into yesterday. We recently also had a stolen truck. The owner of the truck did not live here, but unfortunately, he left the truck door unlocked and the keys in the cup holder. The victims of the two auto burgs would tell you that they forgot and left their doors unlocked as well.
Auto burglaries are way up in Johnson County right now. Predominantly they are hitting parking lots with a lot of vehicles. I know you’ve heard this at nauseam, but the two variables that you can do to prevent these crimes is lock your doors and remove anything of value (or potential value) from the interior of the car.
Quite often when we have a car broken into that was locked, the victim will tell us something like “I didn’t have anything of real value in there, just the gym bag with sweaty clothes”. Other times they will tell us “no you couldn’t see anything from the outside I took the case with my belongings hid it behind the driver seat”. These criminals want to expend the least amount of energy to get the greatest return on their effort. So in both of these scenarios, in their minds, it’s reasonable to break into those cars… because there “might” be something there.
If the doors are unlocked, it does not matter whether anything is visible they will just rummage through the car because it’s easy. These criminals are not masterminds, they just know that if they were successful once they will come back through and try again.
For some perspective, we offered a homeless gentleman who was walking through our city last night a ride to a homeless shelter, but he refused the ride. He was last seen walking into MO. One of our officers jumped up a suspicious vehicle in the early morning hours, they attempted to make contact, but the car took off northbound on Rainbow.
Truly working together, we can keep this one of the safest cities around. Please consider using these tips and talk about it with you neighbors. Thanks and keep looking out for one another.