By GAIL PARSONS
There are some things that are simply part of summer; unfortunately one of those rites of summer is vehicle burglaries.
Abilene Police Department is reporting the normal increase with 11 reports of vehicle burglary and attempted vehicle burglary over the past month.
Detective Jason Wilkins said most of these crimes can be prevented if people would take a moment to lock their vehicles.
“Ninety-seven percent of vehicle burglaries are to vehicles that are left unlocked,” he said. “Typically forcing entry increases the risk of being detected.”
People should also be cautious about what they leave in their vehicles, whether they lock it or not. Purses, iPads, GPS, and all valuables should not be left in view. Wilkins said people should think about where they are parking.
At home “park as close to the house as you can. If you have to park on the street, park where it is well lit.”
The longer days, warmer weather, and more youth on the streets are contributing factors to the increase of this summertime crime.
Wilkins said the police department has not yet made an arrest, but encourages anyone who has information about this or any crime to call him at the Abilene Police Department (785) 263-1213, or if they wish to remain anonymous they should call the Dickinson County Crime Stoppers at 1-888-5DK-TIPS.