The sheriff's office says car burglaries are up twenty percent this year and in many cases a few simple steps could have locked the thieves out.
Last year the sheriff's office investigated fifty-nine cases. This year there are already forty-seven cases. That has residents keeping a watchful eye on their vehicles.
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Weber county resident
"I don't want to have to worry about being in the community and not having my stuff safe,” says Chase White.
Thieves are targeting residential and recreational areas for valuables left behind in vehicles. Tyler White knows first hand what it's like to have your things taken in an instant. He lost a guitar, cleats and other items when his car was broken into.
"It was a hard lesson to learn, because I lost quite a bit in money for my assets, but I watch out for that now," says Tyler White.
Law enforcement says it's something we should all watch out for. They say it's a crime we can personally help fight by following a few easy tips.
-Never leave valuable items out in the open.
-Don't take valuable items you don't need with you to the lake or hiking trail.
-Remove old mail, checks and the title from the glove box.
-Lock your doors.
-Finally, watch for and report suspicious individuals.
All steps to give Weber County residents some peace of mind as criminals prove they will stop at nothing for some easy money.
"Definitely be keeping track of that, looking for suspicious things if I see anything," says White.
The sheriff's office says there were 2,896 cases reported in all of Weber County last year.