Grand Island, NE-- One hundred and three car break-ins in that last 60 days is a staggering statistic to the Grand Island Police Department, but the more alarming number is the 65 break-ins that were to cars that were either left unlocked or with their windows rolled down.
According to police, thieves will walk down a street or through a parking lot checking each car to see if it is unlocked.
They will also target cars in which valuables like phones or GPSs are visible.
In the last two months, very few cars were targeted that were locked because it causes more work for the thieves who are just looking for an easy steal.
"Of the 103, we could only document that 15 either thought their car was locked or they were sure it was locked. People think just because there's something left in their car and it isn't any value that they're okay, but a crook doesn't know the value of it and they will get into your car, they'll break your window if they see something," said Crime Prevention Officer Butch Hurst.
This rise in break-ins is also leading to a small increase in car theft, especially when the thieves find the keys in the car.
Officer Butch Hurst said keeping doors unlocked provides that opportunity for an easy steal.
"First of all someone has to have the desire to steal it but when you give them an easy opportunity, that just makes it that much easier for them to decide," said Hurst.
Many times items that are taken are small and valuable that cannot be identified with a serial number later, making it that easier for thieves to make a lot of money.
"It's 100% profit for the person who's stealing it and in most cases their chances of being caught are very slim," said Hurst.
Police Captain Kerry Mehlin said they are looking for trends or popular stealing spots in the recent 103 thefts, but there aren't any yet.
Grand Island Police said along with keeping your doors locked and windows rolled up, there are many other ways to protect your vehicle.
Hurst said, "Don't leave anything in your car that's worth stealing. If you have a trunk and you have to go in somewhere, put your things in the trunk. At least then it's at least out of sight."
Captain Mehlin also recommended parking your car in a lighted area, because thieves like to steal from dark places. Also, if possible, keep your car in the garage.
"We're seeing where people are even going into unlocked garages and getting into cars. You know, lock you garage, locked your cars, even if it's in the garage," said Hurst.
Another great tip, leave a light on in the house because it will deter thieves from getting too close.