ROCKFORD (WIFR) – All it takes is the click of a button to lock our car doors, but some Rockford residents are learning how important it is to do that.
"Our first break-in was just open up the doors and totally ransacked my truck. I mean every inch of my truck was gone through. Luckily my husband and I are smart, we don't keep anything in our truck."
Serena Hendel moved into her house on Crosby Street in January. In the four months since, burglars have broken into her truck three times. It’s a problem that’s happening all over the city. Last month, Rockford Police say car break-ins rose by 13% downtown and on the West Side. Police also say that many times, those break-ins can be avoided.
"People leave computers or their jewelry or their cars are unlocked or they leave radar detectors, those sort of things where people just walk by so we encourage, put out another public service announcement, just really want to encourage people to take those valuables, hide them inside the car, take them out of the car,” said Police Chief Chet Epperson.
Police say burglaries have also been a problem along the East Street corridor but overall on that side of town, car break-ins dropped by 41%.