Car break-ins increase in Cole County
COLE COUNTY — The Cole County Sheriff's Department said car break-ins are on the rise, but it comes with a simple solution.
Since April 1, nine unlocked cars have been broken into. Captain John Wheeler of the Cole County Sheriff Department said people have been breaking into unlocked cars, rummaging through their stuff and taking whatever valuables they can get their hands on.
"If we can reduce these crimes of opportunity, we can reduce crime," Wheeler said.
The nine break-ins happened on 3900 Green Brier Drive, 4500 Rainbow Drive and 5500 Deervalley Drive, with multiple hits on each street. He said they have increased patrol in these areas, but the locations are sporadic.
Bob Turner, who lives off of Green Brier Drive, said that he has never felt unsafe in his neighborhood, and does not lock his car doors.
“We have neighborhood watch, everyone looks out for each other," he explained.
"Whenever someone comes in the neighborhood we have eyes on them."
Captain Wheeler urges residents to be viligant to help prevent this problem from recurring.
"Don't help the bad guys, lock your cars." he said.
If you notice any suspicious behavior in your neighborhood, you can call the Cole County Sheriff's Deparment or CRIME-STOPPERS at 573-659-8477.