Columbia car break-ins on the rise
Police say car break-ins are more likely as the temperatures heat up.
Columbia Police Department reported the number of break-ins are on the rise this year. Officers recently found cars with smashed windows and stolen items.
Police said during the summer months, when car windows are rolling down, the amount of car break-ins goes up. They noted there are more car thefts when teenagers are out of school.
Authorities said to avoid becoming victim of a break-in, one should never leave any valuables in plain sight in a car. They said the trunk was the best place for storage.
Officers also said it was better to come back to a hot car with windows up, than to find items missing with the car windows rolled down.
“We had suspects arrested for breaking into vehicle at parks," CPD spokeswoman Bryana Larimar said.
"These individuals targeted those parks specifically thinking that individuals that were using the trails may left items inside their vehicle.”
Larimar said vehicle break-ins could happen anywhere at any time.
Columbia police saw more than 30 car break-ins this spring and said they expect to see even more during the summer.