Michigan City police said there's been a trend in vehicle entries over the last several days, resulting in ransacking, theft and damages.
Sgt. Chris Yagelski, of the Michigan City Police Department, sent out a notice cautioning about thieves infiltrating residents' vehicles. Yagelski said one of the most common forms of theft is a car break-in, and he said thieves look for easy targets.
“Thieves are also lazy,” Yagelski said in the notice. “With car break-ins, they’re usually not looking for a huge payoff. What this type of thief wants is a quick thrill, or maybe a little extra revenue, for as little work as possible. By making your car a harder target for these people, you make it less desirable.”
Yagelski encouraged residents to lock their doors, roll up their windows, activate security systems, don't leave keys in the vehicle, don't leave valuables in plain sight and don't use a console or a glove box as storage for valuables.
“Again, car smash-and-grabbers don’t normally take the vehicle itself,” Yagelski said. “However, there is always the chance that a key on the dash or in the ignition may motivate the more daring into outright auto theft. Also, remember that if you have a great hiding place for a key, say, in your wheel well or above the sun visor, a thief has also thought of it.”