There has been a recent uptick in the number of reported vehicle break-ins throughout the city. There were 428 cases reported from May 1 through June 9, which is a 15 percent increase over the same period in 2017.
The most commonly stolen items include credit and debit cards, purses, wallets, tools, money and computers/tablets.
The Durham Police Department is offering the following vehicle break-in crime prevention tips:
- Be aware of your surroundings.
- Do not leave packages in plain view inside your vehicle. Put them in the trunk or cover them up.
- Do not leave valuables in your vehicle.
- Keep a record of serial numbers for items such as stereo equipment, electronics and other personal items.
- Keep your vehicle in a well-lighted area.
- Report suspicious activity to 911.
- Secure your vehicle at all times. Lock your doors.