COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMIZ)
Due to a recent uptick in car thefts, three local police departments are encouraging residents to lock up their cars and protect their personal possessions.
Since the beginning of 2020, the Columbia Police Department has reported more than 500 incidents of theft from motor vehicles that have occurred through November. In addition, the theft of vehicle parts and accessories accounts for 210 of the offenses committed.
"It is important that residents get into the routine of locking their doors, taking valuables out of their vehicle and avoiding leaving their car running and unattended," said CPD Det. Anthony Bowne. "If you see someone looking into car windows, do not approach or follow the person. Instead, call the non-emergency number, 311."
In Jefferson City, the police department is reporting an uptick in vehicle thefts and provided a heat map of the locations of larceny calls.
The Boonville Police provided some tips on how to prevent break-ins in your vehicle.