CREATED Aug. 20, 2013
APPLETON -- Appleton Police are warning the public about a major increase in car break-ins. Officers say the hardest-hit areas for the break-ins include W. Pershing St. on the Northside of Appleton, and Kernan Ave. on the Southside.
So far more than a dozen vehicles, which were left unlocked, have been broken into and now police are reaching out to the community for help.
“Purses, cash, jackets, laptops,” said Captain Rudy Nyman, with Appleton Police, are just some things that were taken.
Many of the break-ins occurred in the multi-family home parking lots. Police explain suspects are going around and pulling on car doors until they find one unlocked.
“Don't keep it [objects] in plain view. Put it in your trunk, lock the doors,” said Captain Nyman.
Police are stepping patrols, but they say the public needs to be more vigilant.
“Very difficult for us to catch without people taking some precautions,” said Nyman.
Connie Taff lives in the area where seven cars were broken into last week. Now she’s taking steps to keep her valuables safe.
“I found myself once or twice, coming out to the car a couple of times a night to make sure that I don't have anything in there,” she said.
If you see something suspicious happening in your neighborhood police want you to report it immediately. They say don't second guess yourself, and make the call.