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Vehicle Break-Ins / Minimizing the Risk of Becoming a Victim

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For Release: August 30, 2012

Contact: 260 427-1343

City of Fort Wayne Police Department


Vehicle Break-Ins on the Rise

Minimizing the Risk of Becoming a Victim


Fort Wayne, Ind – The City of Fort Wayne Police Department is presently investigating numerous incidents of vehicle break-ins; thirty-six incidents were reported this past week alone, and peaked at sixty-seven reports in a one-week period as recent as July 2012.  While some might consider vehicle break-ins to be a “petty crime”, detectives with the Fort Wayne Police Department disagree and say that the loss to victims can be significant, and the crime itself feeds other criminal activity making prevention all the more important.


Significant Loss to Victims

Victims’ losses include purses, wallets, check books, credit cards, cash, cell phones, jewelry, GPS units, laptops, CDs, clothing, other valuable electronic or digital equipment, stereos, and even loose change, medication, and garage door openers.


Vehicle Break-Ins Feed Other Criminal Activity

Many of these items are taken with the intent to be sold or pawned, and in some instances stolen credit or debit cards were used to make large purchases shortly after the break-in was believed to have occurred.  Also, if the criminal obtains the victim’s personal documents then the victim is at risk of identity theft.  Additionally, statistics have shown that if a garage door opener is stolen from a vehicle that the criminal will attempt to burglarize the home at a later date.


Police Efforts to Reduce Vehicle Break-Ins

Typically vehicle break-ins occur where there is greater opportunity for reward; that is, where the criminal element can have access to many vehicles as opposed to only a few.  Prime locations or targeted areas for this crime are parking lots (nightclubs, exercise facilities, apartment complexes, hotels, shopping plazas, churches), and residential neighborhoods. These areas are most commonly targeted in the overnight hours, but vehicles have been targeted during daylight hours as well. Patrol officers periodically patrol these areas. In addition to marked patrol units, the Fort Wayne Police Department employs the use of unmarked surveillance vehicles.  You can help too by reporting any suspicious person(s) or activity, and by minimizing your risk of becoming a victim.


Prevention - Minimize Your Risk of Becoming a Victim 

The Fort Wayne Police Department would like to remind you to be vigilant in the protection of your vehicle and the items that you keep inside them. Criminals look for the easy target.  Is your vehicle an easy target?



Raquel Foster

Public Information Officer

City of Fort Wayne Police Department


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