Vehicle break-ins on the rise in Vancouver


by By ERIC ADAMS, Staff

Posted on October 15, 2008 at 3:13 PM

Updated Thursday, Sep 17 at 9:03 AM

PORTLAND -- Residents in Vancouver might want to double-check their cars are locked and iPods are hidden away in the glove compartment.

Police report that vehicle prowls are trending upward. The majority of car break-ins, they say, occur when residents leave items of value in plain view.

Vancouver residents can help, police say, by removing valuables from their cars or by hiding them.

Police say 146 vehicle break-ins have occurred since Aug. 31.

"These crimes are occurring at all times of the day and night," police department spokesperson Kim Kapp said.

Burglars are even targeting cars at daycare centers.

Kapp says parents are leaving valuables in plain sight while they drop kids off at daycare during early-morning hours, making an easy target for thieves.

Break-ins are also up during afternoon hours in parking lots at gyms, restaurants and grocery stores.

Late-night car burglaries are also up in Vancouver neighborhoods.

Anyone with information on break-ins or who sees suspicious activity is encouraged to call Vancouver police at (360) 487-7399.