TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — Again and again in Tippecanoe County, neighbors are waking up to find their cars broken into.
According to the Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Office, break-ins have been on the rise since late August.
Car door slightly opened and items rummaged through, this is how David Gray and many residents in the Watkins Glen neighborhood found their vehicle the morning after it was broken into.
“I went over and opened up the car door and our console had been gone through and there were several things in there that had coins in them and they didn't bother to take the coins,” said Gray.
With these recent break-ins, the Tippecanoe County Sheriff's office reports that many of these residents didn't have their car doors locked. And that has been the case with other break-ins across the county as well.
“We are very good about locking our car but that night, it was unfortunate, we had forgotten to lock it and somebody got into it and they've hit several of our neighbors,” said Gray.
Gray said nothing appears to be stolen from his car. Sabrena Sweet who lives just down the street thinks her security cameras may have helped her.
“We lock the cars at night and we have cameras and stuff so hopefully that deters people,” said Sweet.
Sweet's car was untouched but her next-door neighbor's car was broken into and it worries her.
“Just worry about keeping your garage door opener in your car so I think that's probably the scariest part of it,” said Sweet.
Tippecanoe County Captain Woody Ricks said handguns and garage openers could be a hot commodity for those breaking into cars. Captain Ricks reports along with at least a dozen car break-ins, there were two homes broken in as well.
“We just have to be very vigilant and watch out for the neighbors and care for them,” said Gray. “If they're going to be gone, keep an eye on their place and keep everything locked up at night.”
The Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Office is requesting the community report any suspicious behavior.