Rash of Car Break-ins

by Emily Baird on September 1, 2010 at 4:59 am

A Zanesville man is sentenced to 447 days in jail for a rash of car break-in’s in the city.

Police Captain Mike Baker says 19-year-old Jared Englehart was arrested Sunday night and charged with 22 counts of vehicle break-ins, most of which occurred in the north end of town.

"Break-ins of cars are generally crimes of opportunity. The cars are unlocked. Items of value, like pockets of change or some cash money, are laying around. They almost act as bait for these people, " says Baker.

While it may be common-sense, there’s one main way to keep yourself from becoming a victim of a car theft.

"Most of the cars have been left unlocked. Sometimes with the windows rolled down. People wind down their windows because it’s so hot. Then they don’t wind the windows back up at night, " says Baker.

Baker says car break-ins happen more than you would think, and his department has noticed a spike in these types of crimes, especially within the past couple of years.