Police: Vehicle burglaries up significantly in College Station

COLLEGE STATION, Tex. (KBTX) - College Station Police are once again warning residents to lock their car doors after a continuous rise in the number of vehicle burglaries.

It's only the second month of the new year, but thieves have already broken into 126 vehicles in College Station.

"We've had a cluster of burglaries occurring here in town," said Lt. Craig Anderson, College Station Police Department spokesperson.

In the last week, there were nearly 30. The majority happened on the south side.

Anderson says the most recent cluster of break-ins happened in the Woodcreek neighborhood off of Highway Six, not far from Rock Prairie Road.

According to the department, vehicle burglaries have increased about 60% since this same four-week period last year.

"A vast majority are an unforced entry, which implies they are crimes of opportunity," said Anderson.

Along with unlocked doors, many vehicles had valuable items in plain sight.

"Most of the people that are going around and burglarizing vehicles are looking in the cars to see if the doors are unlocked first, because they don't want to draw attention to themselves. So if the vehicle is locked and they don't see any valuables, they are going to move to the next one," said Anderson.

Since January 28 thieves have hit vehicles in Castlegate, Woodcreek, Pebble Creek, and areas both north and south of Rock Prairie. Police don't have any leads, but they say the public can help by reporting suspicious activity.

"You never know what that person may be doing in that neighborhood. So, what that does is help us to develop leads and suspects and we may actually stop the person that's burglarizing in town," said Anderson.

College Station Police aren't the only reminding residents to lock their cars. Friday the Brazos County Sheriff's Office sent out the same warning after thieves hit vehicles in a northeast county neighborhood. In those cases, the targeted vehicles were unlocked.