At last week’s East Precinct Crime Prevention Coalition meeting, Capt. McDonagh said that most categories of crime were flat or down a bit over the last month. The one exception is car prowls, which have started to climb back up as the weather has improved.
A police report from last week illustrates how quickly the thieves can take advantage of a situation. On Saturday April 18th, a woman parked her white Toyota in the parking lot next to the Garfield Community Center. She returned an hour and a half later to find that the front passenger window of her vehicle had been busted out and her purse, laptop, and iPhone had been stolen from the front seat.
Note that this happened on a sunny weekend afternoon when there were likely a lot of people around the neighboring playfield, possibly creating a false sense of security for the victim. But it only takes a few seconds for someone to break out a window and make off with whatever tempting targets are within sight.
Police say that it’s easy to avoid becoming a victim: just don’t ever leave anything of value in your vehicle, even for a few minutes at a time. Then you’ll make sure you keep your iPod, purse, and laptop, and don’t have to worry about the time and expense of replacing a window of your vehicle.