By Robert Crowe - Express-News
Citywide, burglaries of vehicles are up 17.6 percent through Nov. 20, compared with the same time last year.
“In law enforcement, we've been chasing our tail around for years doing the same things,” Police Chief William McManus said.
The Burglary Vehicle Task Force has a three-prong approach that targets known car burglars while focusing on areas with high vehicle burglary rates. Authorities also advocate prevention by talking to property owners about encouraging motorists to use common sense.
“I throw everything into my trunk to keep it from being obvious,” she said.
On Monday, police arrested a man with 19 burglary vehicle charges. Some charges were enhanced to felonies that carried $10,000 bonds. The man, one of three arrested through the task force, bonded out of jail Tuesday.
The East and South substations recorded the only decreases, 1.7 percent and 2.6 percent, respectively.