HCSO wants to stop car burglaries in Tampa Bay

Hillsborough County Car Burglaries

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FL (WFLA) – The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office has warning for car owners, lock up your car or thieves will be saying, ‘thank you.’ It’s part of a new public service announcement campaign the sheriff’s office. They said, people are making it easy for criminals to steal from them, so they want to warn everyone to be vigilant and lock their car doors. Three out of every four cars burglarized, were left unlocked. They said, three out of every four cars burglarized, were left unlocked.

HCSO deputies say Lock  your car.
HCSO deputies say Lock your car.

Here are some other stats for Vehicle burglaries in (unincorporated Hillsborough County):

-2011: 2,873

-2012: 2,354

-2013: 2,182

-2014: 2,769

-2015 (YTD): 1,500

Major Chad Chronister with the Hillsborough Sheriff’s Office said it’s not just a Tampa Bay problem. “This is a countrywide, nationwide problem. And it’s senseless, it’s a crime of opportunity, it can be easily prevented.” The sheriff’s office is also warning people not to leave their cars running while they run inside a store. Besides getting your car stolen, you could get a ticket. They also want to make sure people close their garage doors to cut down on property theft.

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