Lafayette Car Thefts

Today is the first day of Summer and that means to keep an eye out for vehicle break-ins and theft.

Posted: Jun 21, 2019 6:11 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Today is the first day of Summer and that means to keep an eye out for vehicle break-ins and theft.

Specialist Ian O'Shields from LPD says there were 36 thefts from a vehicle in June of 2018, ten of which were because the cars were left unlocked. This June, there have been 25, nine of which were due to unlocked cars. O'Shields says even though there has been a slight decrease, people should still be wary of their surroundings and how to keep their cars and belongings safe.

"Make sure nothing is in view, lock your doors if you're going to be parking in places park where it's not dark, well-lit areas," said O'Shields. "Unfortunately, people think they lock their vehicles and then they keep them unlocked,"

LPD says this year, the number of thefts from cars has actually decreased. That could be due to advancements in technology.

"There are cameras everywhere, you're going to get caught," said O'Shields.

But thefts are definitely still happening. 25 have been reported so far in June. 

The owner of Advantage Auto Glass & Trim, Tavis Barry says people typically are not in the best of mood walking into his shop because of the circumstances around it.

"We see more vandalism and theft being done when you get holiday vacations when school gets out, kids are free," stated Barry.

"You know nobody wants to come and buy a window from me, you know it's not like you get to go to the store to buy a box of chocolates," said Barry. "Our goal is to get them taken care of, make them smile as they are walking out the door,"

Barry says summertime can be the biggest season for his business and has even fallen victim to it.

"My truck was broken into when I went out to lunch about a year ago, so, you know there is really some processes that you can do," said Barry.

Lafayette Police say don't leave any items in your car. Park in a crowded area and double check whether you locked up.

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