EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH, La. (BRPROUD) – Thieves are roaming through neighborhoods in East Baton Rouge because people are giving them easy access to their vehicles by leaving their doors unlocked.
The East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office said deputies are seeing an increase in car burglaries.
“We’ve gone up 1-2% in vehicle burglaries. More than 90% of our vehicle burglaries are from unlocked vehicles,” said Casey Hicks, Public Information Director with the sheriff’s office.
Hicks said many of the bad guys are carrying guns and going from parish to parish checking door handles of vehicles.
“It’s typically in neighborhoods, especially larger neighborhoods because there are more opportunities possibly,” said Hicks.
Chris Rogers says he always locks his truck, but his girlfriend had to learn the hard way.
“Her door was unlocked. She went in the car and noticed a bunch of stuff scattered around and something wasn’t right. She was like, ‘wait, I’m missing a couple of things.’ She looked around and noticed her car had been burglarized,” said Rogers.
The problem and the solution are the same. Lock your car doors or leave the opportunity wide open for thieves to steal your stuff.
Hicks said, “Secure your valuables. Definitely don’t leave them in plain sight. If you have to leave them in your vehicle, you want to put them out of sight, in a trunk, a lockbox, or something like that or bring them inside with you.”