HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Police in Henrico County are urging residents to take the necessary precautions to make sure they don’t fall victim to a recent spike in car break-ins and thefts across the county.
Over the last 30 days, the Henrico County Police Department has investigated nearly 300 break-ins and 60 stolen vehicles. They say it’s a county-wide problem from east to west.
That’s why if you don’t lock your car, police say you’re inviting trouble.
“The overwhelming majority of larcenies that we’re having in Henrico County come from cars that are unlocked,” Lt. Chris Garett with Henrico Police said.
On Sunday night, investigators say teenagers rifled through unlocked cars on Elmshadow Drive, then sped off in a stolen car after they found the key inside.
“If people take the time to lock their cars and not leave valuables in their cars, they will not become victims of this type of crime,” Lt. Garrett emphasized.
Community officers spent Monday morning trying to spread the message: Lock it or lose it.
They hung bright yellow tags on doorknobs in a neighborhood that thieves targeted just last week. The tags offer tips on protecting your property.
“You need to lock your car at night because there are people wandering around and they see your car unlocked, they see it as an invitation to go shopping,” Baird Stokes, HOA President for the Turtle Creek West community, said.
Stealing both your valuables and time from police.
“If there are a number of reports taken, then that’s man hours that we could spend focusing on something else and all of these are preventable,” Stokes added.