Big Island police are warning the public about recent car break-ins that are occurring in Hilo.
For the past several months, there have been approximately 15 to 20 car break-ins in Hilo monthly. Of these break-ins, approximately 50 percent involves vehicles being left unlocked, to include vehicles left unlocked at home. Other major contributing factors are valuable items being left in plain view within a vehicle, and car keys being stolen which are left unattended alongside the beach areas which allow suspects to gain access into vehicles. These break-ins have occurred at various locations in Hilo.
Police remind the public that all vehicles left unattended should be locked and secured properly. Any items left inside should be concealed from view. Beach goers should secure their keys appropriately. If at all possible, don’t leave valuables inside at all.
Police ask that the public to report any suspicious activity and provide any leads that might help identify possible suspects by calling the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311.
Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.