This is a problem not only for law enforcement to keep up with but as well our prosecutor's office. The problem exists with leaving these types of valuables in vehicles to be stolen. Every week we are bombarded with anywhere from 50-70 thefts from vehicles. We look at the root causes and we find that the victim left a wallet, a purse, a laptop, a GPS unit, golf clubs, camera, tools, money, briefcase, CD's, in plain view. Every one of them preventable.
We are limited by the number of resources on hand to "immediately" follow up on every misdemeanor theft that takes place. Understand we wish we could, but when you have that many thefts from vehicles, and then you throw into the mix every other crime that has taken place, you can see that it is a daunting task to balance investigations.
Being proactive goes along way in assisting law enforcement in helping us to manage our caseloads.