The Hendricks County Sheriff’s Department is asking residents to be vigilant and take preventive steps to help curb what has been a recent increase in property crimes.
Though exact numbers were not available for comparisons to the past, police say they have seen an increase in reports for such crimes as burglaries and breaking into cars.
“It’s one of those crimes that’s a crime of opportunity,” Sheriff’s Lt. Jim Yetter explained. “It’s a lot of times purses, wallets, checkbooks, computers. I’m not sure why people leave lap tops or iPads in their cars. But I think people take for granted that if it’s parked in their driveway that it’s safe, when unfortunately these are thefts of opportunity from cars.”
Yetter said the best idea is to keep valuable items out the car entirely and, if that’s not possible, at least keep them out of plain view. If possible, he said people should park their vehicles in their garages.
Arrests have been made in several cases, but the diligence of all citizens is still needed to prevent further losses, Hendricks County Sheriff Dave Galloway said.
He’s requesting the help of every citizen to watch for suspicious activity in their neighborhoods. Anyone who observes anything suspicious is asked to call the sheriff’s department immediately at 839-8700. Any information provided, such as a vehicle description or license plate number, could be helpful.
“Preventing crime in our neighborhoods is a responsibility that needs to be shared by law enforcement and private citizens,” Galloway said. “Through neighborhood watch programs, citizens are decreasing their chances of becoming victims and I encourage all communities to get involved.”
Yetter added that most of these crimes into vehicles happen overnight. He said simply observing what’s going on around your neighborhood can go a long way in helping authorities catch such perpetrators.