Springs police are hoping the public becomes more vigilant about leaving their belongings in their cars as vehicle break-ins and car thefts have skyrocketed over this summer.
The latest call came in just before 3 a.m. on a possible stolen vehicle situation near Colorado College. After two squad cars rushed to the scene just west of the campus, they learned that the suspect was trying to break into cars.
Police tell 11 News that their summer has been filled with calls like this one, and that they are taking them all very seriously.
But there are things people can do to protect themselves, and police hope the public will heed this warning and take these extra measures to prevent burglaries.
According to police, 90 percent of these crimes are because we give crooks the opportunity to steal valuables left in our vehicles. Police say people can dramatically decrease their risk of becoming a victim simply by remembering to take all items of value out of their vehicles when leaving their car.
Don't presume to be safe when parked in a crowded parking lot; police tell 11 News that many of these break-ins occur in busy areas such as park and open spaces, and tourist attractions such as Garden of the Gods, often in broad daylight. So no matter the time of day or how crowded an area seems, always leave doors locked and valuables removed or hidden.
If a person does fall victim to a break-in or vehicle theft, police say it's important to work closely with police, as they do recover many stolen cars and items.
Summer is typically when the car break-in rate is the highest, but the upcoming colder months don't deter crooks, who start targeting those leaving their vehicles empty but running (known as puffers). It's important to remember that no matter how tempting it is to warm a vehicle up on a cold morning, puffing is not only illegal but an easy way to attract crooks.