CPD warns people to lock vehicle doors after reported thefts from cars

2 years 1 month 1 week ago Friday, August 11 2017 Aug 11, 2017 Friday, August 11, 2017 3:14:00 PM CDT August 11, 2017 in News
By: Lydia Nusbaum, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - The Columbia Police Department is encouraging people to lock car doors after reports of people breaking into cars. 

Kelsey Bradley said she heard a car alarm go off early Thursday morning on Prescott Drive in Columbia. She found her neighbor's car with a broken window and later learned the neighbor's wallet was stolen from the vehicle. 

“There was a big rock that was left or was on the lawn right next to her car, so it looked like they literally just picked up something heavy and just threw it at the car and busted out the window,” Bradley said. 

She said her neighbor's car was not the only vehicle targeted. 

"As I was leaving on the way out just kind of driving out through the neighborhood, I saw there was about four other cars that had either doors or trunks that were just completely open,” she said. "It looked like they were literally just kind a opening to see whose car was unlocked to see if they have anything.” 

Bryana Larimer, a Columbia Police Department public information officer, said the department has seen a lot of thefts from vehicles since the beginning of the year. 

She said there are more burglaries when there are more students in town. She noted that new students may not be used to locking their car doors, so this provides an opportunity for people to steal from those vehicles. 

"The majority of them from unlocked doors," Larimer said. "This type of crime is an opportunistic crime."

Larimer said usually people walk down the streets trying to open every car door. One Columbia resident down the street from Bradley said her father forgot to lock the car door. In the morning they found the door wide open with papers scattered everywhere. 

The department also said sometimes people will use force to break into cars if they see something valuable inside. 

"We do encourage people to make sure they're not leaving valuables in their vehicles," Larimer said. 

 [Editor's note: A recent version of this story previously said reported burglaries. KOMU 8 News changed this to thefts from cars.]

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Parks and Recreation Department tweeted Saturday evening that due to weather, the 42nd annual Mid-Missouri Heritage... More >>
6 hours ago Saturday, September 21 2019 Sep 21, 2019 Saturday, September 21, 2019 7:07:00 PM CDT September 21, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY — Rain didn't stop family, friends and members of the Central Missouri chapter of Parents of Murdered Children... More >>
6 hours ago Saturday, September 21 2019 Sep 21, 2019 Saturday, September 21, 2019 6:52:00 PM CDT September 21, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA — The University of Missouri Police Department sent out a crime notification to students about a burglary Friday night.... More >>
7 hours ago Saturday, September 21 2019 Sep 21, 2019 Saturday, September 21, 2019 6:17:00 PM CDT September 21, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - A mysterious substance caused dangerously slick road conditions on the entrance ramp to Highway 63 from Paris Road... More >>
9 hours ago Saturday, September 21 2019 Sep 21, 2019 Saturday, September 21, 2019 3:39:00 PM CDT September 21, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA — Columbia College volleyball player Shelby Meyer died early Saturday morning in an off-campus accident. Meyer, 21, was... More >>
9 hours ago Saturday, September 21 2019 Sep 21, 2019 Saturday, September 21, 2019 3:27:00 PM CDT September 21, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri officials are reminding drivers about the importance of car seats during National Child Passenger Safety Week,... More >>
11 hours ago Saturday, September 21 2019 Sep 21, 2019 Saturday, September 21, 2019 2:00:00 PM CDT September 21, 2019 in News
MILLER COUNTY - Deputies arrested seven people in connection to a drug bust on Thursday, according to a news release.... More >>
11 hours ago Saturday, September 21 2019 Sep 21, 2019 Saturday, September 21, 2019 1:52:00 PM CDT September 21, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Police are investigating a report of shots fired on McBaine Avenue near Sexton Road late Friday night. ... More >>
22 hours ago Saturday, September 21 2019 Sep 21, 2019 Saturday, September 21, 2019 2:43:00 AM CDT September 21, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia Police announced Friday officers made an arrest in the homicide of E'quan Spain. Michael L. Anderson... More >>
1 day ago Friday, September 20 2019 Sep 20, 2019 Friday, September 20, 2019 10:46:00 PM CDT September 20, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA — A crash involving three cars shut down a section of Providence Road Friday night. Columbia Urgent Care... More >>
1 day ago Friday, September 20 2019 Sep 20, 2019 Friday, September 20, 2019 9:34:00 PM CDT September 20, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Below are scores from football games around mid-Missouri. Final scores are in bold. ... More >>
1 day ago Friday, September 20 2019 Sep 20, 2019 Friday, September 20, 2019 6:09:00 PM CDT September 20, 2019 in Friday Night Fever
COLUMBIA - The NCAA expected to hit the University of Kansas basketball program with multiple violations allegations. "After a... More >>
1 day ago Friday, September 20 2019 Sep 20, 2019 Friday, September 20, 2019 4:10:00 PM CDT September 20, 2019 in Sports
COLUMBIA - Football fans at Battle High School on Friday experienced Columbia Public Schools' new policy preventing kids from bringing... More >>
1 day ago Friday, September 20 2019 Sep 20, 2019 Friday, September 20, 2019 3:40:00 PM CDT September 20, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - MU students will pack Memorial Stadium to cheer on the Tigers during Saturday's SEC opener against South Carolina,... More >>
1 day ago Friday, September 20 2019 Sep 20, 2019 Friday, September 20, 2019 3:38:00 PM CDT September 20, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia Public School District is replacing all of its trash cans with a three-tier waste system in all... More >>
1 day ago Friday, September 20 2019 Sep 20, 2019 Friday, September 20, 2019 1:20:00 PM CDT September 20, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A Missouri woman and her late husband, who was killed by the suspect in four... More >>
1 day ago Friday, September 20 2019 Sep 20, 2019 Friday, September 20, 2019 1:11:00 PM CDT September 20, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia Fourth Ward Councilman Ian Thomas confirmed Mayor Brian Treece suggested he resign over what became a criminal... More >>
1 day ago Friday, September 20 2019 Sep 20, 2019 Friday, September 20, 2019 11:45:00 AM CDT September 20, 2019 in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Kansas City, Missouri, police are urging people not to leave grenades "just lying around" after the... More >>
1 day ago Friday, September 20 2019 Sep 20, 2019 Friday, September 20, 2019 11:23:32 AM CDT September 20, 2019 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 73°
2am 70°
3am 69°
4am 69°
5am 68°