BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - In an effort to deter car break-ins in East Baton Rouge Parish, sheriff's deputies will begin random vehicle inspections.
The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office said deputies will check for visible signs of unlocked doors, open or cracked windows, valuables in plain view and other signs criminals may see as an opportunity.
"The majority of vehicle burglaries worked by our office involve unlocked doors and valuables in plain sight," Sheriff Sid Gautreaux said in a written release. "Residents can take a few simple steps to protect themselves against a burglary. We hope that our new Vehicle Burglary Awareness Reports will help spread the word and reduce the number of burglaries."
EBRSO spokesperson Casey Rayborn Hicks emphasized deputies will only look at the vehicles as other passerbys can do and will not actually touch or enter them. Deputies will leave a pamphlet and checklist with a "pass" or "fail." The pamphlet includes other vehicle burglary prevention tips.
"Most burglaries are crimes of opportunity. Together we can work to eliminate these opportunities," Gautreaux added.
Officials said this is a program enacted by other parishes and agencies in other states in order to bring awareness about car break-ins. Investigators estimate about 90 percent of vehicle burglaries worked by EBRSO involve unlocked doors.
They added this is purely an awareness campaign. There are no penalties for unlocked doors, etc.