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4:32 PM Tue, Dec. 18th

Car thefts a concern for KPD<BR>

Thinkng your neighborhood is safe is no excuse for not locking your car.

The Kingman Police Department has seen a rash of car burglaries recently in residential areas and is warning owners to lock vehicles or lose them.

The phrase is also a bumper sticker being passed out by the department, Lt.

Dean Brice said.

The car thefts usually occur at night but can happen anywhere or at any time.

Burglars are usually juveniles who are out of school or transients.

Thieves are known to simply try a car door and, if it is unlocked, break in to steal anything from cash, jewelry, purses, loose change, flashlights, laptop computers or citizens band radios.

Cell phones are one of the most common items stolen, Brice said.

Another common item valued by thieves is a garage door opener commonly left on a car's visor.

A person's address and other information can be found in the glove compartment.

A thief will then burglarize a home using the stolen garage door opener.

Victims might not report burglaries, thinking what was stolen was not worth much or that burglars will break the window anyway, Brice said.

"It is an opportunistic crime," he said.

"If there is an opportunity, they will break in."

Sometimes burglars do break a window to get into a locked car if they see something valuable in sight.

Put packages and other valuables in the trunk or out of sight.

Don't leave valuables in the vehicle overnight, even at home in the driveway, Brice said.

Police warn people lock doors and keep windows rolled up even if leaving the vehicle for only a few minutes.

Just a few days ago, a man left his vehicle for a few minutes when he went into a gas station to pay for gas.

He returned to find a transient breaking into his car and stealing cash and a cell phone, according to Brice.

A number of car burglaries occurred early Wednesday on Chicago Avenue, which led to the arrest of a 16-year-old boy.

Other juveniles may have been involved

Last month, a number of parked cars in a residential area on Motor and Davis avenues were burglarized.

If anyone is interested in forming a neighborhood watch program or has been a victim of a car burglary, call Kingman police at 753-2191.