Police have noticed a rise in thefts from parked cars in recent weeks.
Dispatch logs the have reflected a spike in people entering unlocked vehicles throughout Clatsop County. Groups of people sometimes stop in rural areas, where residents often feel more comfortable leaving cars unlocked, to take advantage of theft opportunities, Warrenton Police Chief Mathew Workman said.
“This stuff just goes in spurts,” Workman said. “It’s not just unlocked vehicles, it’s unlocked vehicles with decently priced items in there.”
Warrenton police have increased patrols to search for suspicious activity. An officer located a man early Tuesday morning who may have been searching through cars. But after establishing a perimeter near Warrenton City Park and searching the area for nearly an hour, police were unable to locate him.
Workman advised residents to lock car doors, remove valuable items from cars or, at least, keep them stowed away in lockable consoles or glove compartments.