Car break-ins or theft were already a common crime, but the Wausau Police say they’ve seen a jump in these incidents in just the past few months, thanks to a higher number of desperate drug addicts on the streets.
“These individuals are locating some items they can pawn, they can sell they can trade” explained Chief Hardel, “for their drug habit.”
The recent car break-ins have them giving advice to car owners, to keep their vehicles and belongings safe.
“People can protect themselves simply by making sure there is nothing valuable in the car.”
Chief Hardel said the Wausau PD is doing its part to deter potential thieves.
“If officers see a suspicious car, the plate is run that may come to somebody that lives in a different area. If they have probable cause to stop that vehicle, they will stop and identify the occupants, ask them why they are in the area, what they’re doing, what is in the car, and a lot of times that is how we identify suspects in these cases.”
Chief Hardel says about half of the break-ins have been for something valuable that’s VISIBLE in the car. So even items like a GPS or pair of sunglasses should be taken inside.
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