Car break-ins are the most common crime in America. Oro Valley is experiencing a surge of them.
Oro Valley had over 20 car break-ins since fall. Now that the holidays are in full swing, they want people to be on the alert so they won't become victims.
It takes less than a minute for thieves to break into a vehicle and steal the valuables that are left in plain sight.
“It is a crime of opportunity," Lt. Kara Riley said. "Right now during the holiday season, it is a prime opportunity.”
That is when thieves lie in wait for victims as they leave their vehicles.
“It's awful I can't believe it's happening so much lately,” Julie Mette said.
At the Platinum Fitness on Oracle Road and the LA Fitness located just down the road, Oro Valley police said they had nearly a dozen break-ins.
Michelle Fick works out at LA Fitness. Fick is extremely careful when she parks there to go shopping.
“We get all our stuff out of the car and do not leave any valuables in there," she said. "I don't go from store to store. I go home and drop everything off.”
Riley advises shoppers to make sure their vehicles are locked and keep valuables out of sight. Riley said, "have your keys in your hand, your pocket book and your purse secured” when you go into the stores.
After you purchased your items, place them in the trunk. If you see something suspicious in the parking lot or in the neighborhood, Riley said, “If you see it, say it. That's our saying. If it's something unusual and you're seeing it, we want you to call 911.”
Oro Valley police wants you to call them regarding the 20 plus car break-ins. Detectives have little to go on, so any information can go a long way.
Anyone with information is advised to call 911 or 88-CRIME.