BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Authorities are warning residents of thieves who are looking to burglarize people's cars.
Broadmoor is one of the largest and fastest growing subdivisions in Baton Rouge. Lately, people in that area say they have had a growing number of car break-ins.
Gary Littlefield lives in Broadmoor and chairs their crime prevention district. He says car break-ins are up 20 percent from this time last year. The problem, he says, his neighbors aren't taking the steps they need to stay safe. Crooks are searching for new victims all the time and his wife became one two weeks ago.
"My wife had gone inside the house and she realized that she left something in the car. She unlocked the car and retrieved the item came back in the house and neglected to lock the car again," said Littlefield. "The next morning she got inside and realized that someone had been in the car."
Cpl. L'Jean Mckneeley with Baton Rouge Police says these car burglaries tend to spike over the summer with families on vacation or just away from home more during the day. Besides locking your doors, he says people should invest in a car alarms. He also says motion sensors are a good buy.
"As people are passing by, if someone walks in front of that motion sensor the light will then shine on," said Cpl. Mckneeley.