By Mark Ambrogi
The Zionsville Police Dept. has received a rash of six vehicle break-in reports in a span of four days. All but one of the break-ins happened in the morning.
Four of the incidents happened in Lions Park, three in the morning of June 18 and another in the afternoon of June 21.
The Goddard School parking lot, 1640 W. Oak St., had one morning vehicle break-in June 21. There was another morning break-in at the one-time Citgo lot (Main and Sycamore Streets) June 18. No arrests had been made as of press time.
ZPD Chief of Police Robert Knox said morning break-ins are not uncommon.
“It’s not necessarily unusual, because a lot of times they will target day care centers, we’ve seen that over the years,” Knox said. “The folks will take their children in and not secure their vehicles, leave valuables in plain sight. At Lions Park, there are people that are really paying attention to the baseball game and that sort of thing.”
Knox said with the summertime activities at Lions Park, it’s logical that thieves might take advantage of this time of year.
“Absolutely do not leave valuables in plain sight, lock them in the trunk,” Knox said. “It’s a crime of opportunity that these folks are seeking. They’re not looking to do a whole lot of work. They’re looking to get in and get what they want and get out of there.”
According to ZPD, other nearby communities are experiencing the same types of crimes recently.
ZPD tips include not leaving windows open a crack. When home, ZPD suggests parking in the garage with the door shut. Another suggestion is to park in well-lit, visible areas, whether at home or elsewhere.
“Everybody’s safety starts with themselves. You’ve got to pay attention to where you are parking and walking,” Knox said. “Be aware of your surroundings. We call it situational awareness. If something doesn’t feel or look right, then don’t do it.”