SPRINGFIELD (WWLP) – A recent slew of car break-ins at Springfield College has students and faculty on high alert.
The college’s Department of Public Safety sent out an advisory to students and faculty that several vehicles were broken into on Monday in a lot near Blake and Locklin Halls. The thieves reportedly looked through the cars, opened compartments, and searched for valuable items.
Police believe the cars were unlocked by the drivers because there is no sign of forced entry or window breaks.
The Springfield College Police Department is investigating the incidents and will continue to update the community with new information. The college has also increased patrols in and around the campus. They encourage everyone to lock their cars and ensure that no valuable items are in plain view.
If you have information about these break-ins, you’re asked to call Public Safety at 413-748-5555.
Public Safety also proved the following tips for preventing car break-ins:
- Don’t leave your car unlocked – It’s not uncommon, for thieves to walk down a row of parked vehicles, looking for unlocked doors.
- Don’t give them anything to steal – When valuables are in plain sight, you’re giving thieves incentive to break into your car. Even if it’s inconvenient, take your valuables with you when you get out.
- Make use of the trunk – If you have something in the car, put it in the trunk. It’s much more secure than the armrest or glove compartment and it keeps valuables out of plain sight.
- Don’t leave a crack in your window – Rolling down the window just a smidge might help air out your car on hot days. But it’s also an easy way for someone to force open the window to unlock the car. Even an inch is enough for a thief to stick their fingers in, rock the window back and forth to get it off the track, push it down, and reach their arm in to unlock the door.
- Park in well-lit, visible areas – Avoid parking in areas that are poorly lit or places that are not immediately seen by the public. This will not only keep you safe when you exit the car, it will also help keep your car safe because thieves tend to avoid areas that are highly visible.