Champaign warns of rash of vehicle burglaries

CHAMPAIGN — A rash of vehicle burglaries recently has police reminding vehicle owners to take precautions.

A press release from Champaign police spokeswoman Rene Dunn said that in the past 10 days, the department has taken 34 reports of vehicle burglaries throughout the city. Items stolen have included wallets, backpacks and purses.

The department reminds folks to:

— Lock up vehicles and valuables, even if you plan to be gone for a brief time. Anything of value should either be removed or not left in view.

— Covering items in the back seat or placing them under the seats is not an effective way to hide valuables. Instead, lock them in the trunk. Without a clear view of valuables, burglars are more likely to pass on that vehicle. It's not uncommon for thieves to walk down a row of parked vehicles and check doors to see if they are unlocked.

— Never leave windows open or cracked in unattended vehicles.

— Use your alarm or anti-theft device upon exiting your vehicle.

The public is also reminded to lock their garages when they leave home and lock vehicles once inside the garage. Do not store valuables in your vehicle any longer than necessary.

Burglary victims are reminded not to touch anything in the vehicle before calling police and to provide serial numbers of all stolen items to help police in recovering stolen property.

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pattsi wrote on October 31, 2013 at 5:10 pm

It would be useful to have a map posted showing where these burglaries have occurred.

Youremyboyblue wrote on October 31, 2013 at 10:10 pm

Agreed

asparagus wrote on November 01, 2013 at 7:11 am

Yes.

jdmac44 wrote on November 01, 2013 at 9:11 am

https://www.crimereports.com/ uses the official Champaign and Urbana police blotters to make their map with.  Not to say I disagree, just saying that the resource is out there!  You can have them send you alerts to crime in your vicinity also.

Local Yocal wrote on November 01, 2013 at 11:11 am
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34 car burglaries, all in Champaign, within 10 days. Police are right to alert the citizenry, and the tips are helpful.

In addition to locations, time of day of when the burglaries are occurring; type of locations, whether they are occurring on the side streets, or in commercial parking lots; most used break-in technique, finding unlocked cars, breaking windows, or cars with windows rolled down; and what is most sought after, what in the car is attracting burglars the most: computer laptops, backpacks, wallets, cellphones, music equipment, cd's, what?

The more information we have, the more citizens know how to protect themselves. In the digital age, cross-referencing the variables from 34 incidents is less than a half day's work.

I wonder why the burglary maps are no longer published. Did the real estate industry start having trouble selling certain areas where repeat burglaries occurred, or were burglars beginning to understand which neighborhoods were the ones where they could be most successful? Or was the state's attorney's racheting shoplifting cases up to burglary charges contaminating the data and certain stores didn't want the reputation?

enoughalready wrote on November 01, 2013 at 2:11 pm

Sheesh.  How about simply locking your cars and don't leave anything in them you don't want stolen.  Seems pretty simple.  The paper doesn't need to call Geraldo and do a full blown investigative piece over this.