Police warn about increased break-ins

The Columbia Police Department wants people to protect themselves from being victims of easy crime.

Police say they have seen an increase in thefts from unlocked motor vehicles in the last month, as well as theft of vehicles with the keys left inside.

Police warn people to take personal belongings out of your vehicle, lock your vehicle and take the keys with you, and never leave personal information such as checkbooks, driverâ??s licenses, purses, wallets or credit cards in the vehicle.

Officers also want people to never leave weapons in the vehicle, and to park in a well-lit area when possible.

Also, if anyone has information about the individuals involved in these cases or observed suspicious activities or vehicles around the time of the thefts, they are asked to contact the Columbia Police Department or Crime Stoppers at 875-TIPS to remain anonymous.