Grand Junction-The City of Grand Junction has seen an increase in auto thefts and officials say the weather may play a part in the increase. The warmer temperatures make it more likely that people will leave their windows open.
Around two–thirds of the victims had left their cars unlocked. Of the 21% of victims who had their doors locked, the suspects had smashed the windows.
Last year, the city reported a similar increase in auto thefts as well as burglaries. Due to the warmer weather, victims of home burgluries usually had left a window or garage door open to cool down the home. Unfortunately, in several cases the victim forgot that their door or window was open.
The Grand Junction Police Department wants people to be aware of the ways home are being entered so they can take steps to combat theives. The depa4tment can provide a home security survey to show people different ways to make their homes more secure.
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