BULLHEAD CITY — Bullhead City police are reporting an increase in local vehicle burglaries.

Spokeswoman Emily Fromelt said Tuesday that officers taking reports have found that in many cases, victims left their vehicles unlocked or left windows rolled down.

That becomes more common in the warmer months as many people leave their car windows down to lessen the build-up of heat inside the vehicle.

She said those vehicles are easy targets for criminals. A professional thief 

Fromelt said, can steal a vehicle in just under 30 seconds.

She said that in some Bullhead City neighborhoods, suspects have been seen walking around parked vehicles, testing for unlocked doors.

“If your car is locked, they just move on to the next vehicle,” she said.

Unless the thieves see a reason not to, that is.

Fromelt said drivers should take care not to leave valuables visible in vehicles.

“If somebody sees a wallet, a phone or a firearm, they’re going to take the extra step, smash a window to get in,” she said.

If a driver can’t take an item along, it should be placed in the trunk or otherwise hidden from view, she said.

The Bullhead City Police Department offered these vehicle burglary prevention tips:

  • Always lock your doors and roll up your windows.
  • Do not leave money or valuables in your car, especially in plain view.
  • Do not leave your keys in your car.
  • Do not leave your garage-door remote inside your vehicle if it’s parked in your driveway. If the remote is stolen, change the frequency to deny thieves access to your garage.
  • Park in well-lit areas.
  • Consider an alarm system.

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