Spike in car thefts prompts police to go on offensive

CREATED Dec. 6, 2013

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MILWAUKEE -- A recent spike in car thefts has prompted police officers to go on the offensive.

This time, however, crime prevention includes education.
Milwaukee cops confirm several reports of car thefts in garages and along the curb but think most could have been prevented. 
At one east side high-rise off Farwell Avenue, residents reported a rash of shattered windows and ransacked cars. Jordan Vulcano noticed a warning sign in the elevator and says these crimes "shatter" his sense of security.
"The fact that this is happening, from what I hear during the day, it's very disconcerting to me," Vulcano tells TODAY'S TMJ4.
Officers warn these garage break-ins happen because residents leave the garage or enter without waiting for the door to close behind them. 
Along the curb, investigators claim drivers park their cars and leave valuables out in the open, which simply invites crooks to attack.
"It's also leaving the accessories out," explains Ofc. Peter Graber. "If the bad guy sees the cords for an iPhone or GPS, they're thinking they're stored inside the glove compartment or center console."