COLUMBUS, Ind.–As Local News Digital has reported recently in Johnson County, vehicle break-ins are also on the rise in Bartholomew County. The Columbus Police Department (CPD) is warning residents of the increasing trend and asking for help with minimizing the number of incidents. From August 1 to September 11, public information officer Lt. Matt Harris says the department received 64 reports of theft within the city of Columbus. He added that in 59 of those cases, the vehicles were left unlocked when the crimes occurred.
“We are asking for the public’s assistance in helping CPD reduce property crime,” Harris shared. “By removing and securing valuable items, locking your vehicle’s doors, and reporting suspicious activity to law enforcement, you can help us reduce the number of thefts in Columbus.”