BROOKINGS – In the wake of a string of Labor Day car burglaries, Brookings police are once again reminding city drivers to keep their cars locked, even if it’s only for a short time.
Break-in might be a more appropriate term than burglary, but there were no actual “break-ins” in the latest series of thefts – owners left their vehicles wide open and their valuables in plain sight.
All the thefts seemed to occur during the nighttime hours Friday (Aug. 30) and the early morning hours of Saturday, Aug. 31, said Lt. Derrick Powers of the Brookings Police criminal investigations unit.
“The theme of all these thefts,” Powers said, “is that people left their valuables in their vehicles. We strongly encourage people not only to lock their cars but to remove anything of value.”
Leaving a wallet or an iPhone in plain sight “creates a target,” the detective noted.
If the item must be left in the car, at the very least put it out of sight in the trunk or hide it under a blanket.
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