Monday, January 27, 2014

Facts, Stats and Figures: Auto Burglaries

As we continue to look at the stats for the past year, another category that continues to trend downward is that of auto burglaries. 

 2013 saw another decrease in the number of auto burglaries taken over the course of the year as we had a total of 713 reports -  which was a significant drop from the previous year (813).  

Looking at the chart below, you'll see 2013 had the lowest number since 2004, and was the 2nd lowest in the past 16 years. The numbers includes the theft of catalytic converters which is classified as an auto burglary.

The reduction in auto burglaries is the result of many factors, but most importantly it represents how hard the members of this department have worked together with our citizens. 

Auto burglaries do occur in Overland Park, whether you are at home, shopping, or even at the office, but there are a few easy steps you can take to avoid becoming the next victim.

Most thieves do not want to draw attention to themselves as they peruse parking lots or neighborhoods looking for items to steal from vehicles. As statistics have proven, the burglar would rather quietly open a car door at 3:00am than break a window and wake up the whole neighborhood.

With that being said, you’re still at a higher risk of becoming a victim if you leave valuables in plain sight, such as wallets, purses, laptops, I-Pads, cell phones, or other electronic items.

Let’s keep the numbers trending downward by making sure our cars are locked and valuables are out of sight.