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Crooks target unlocked cars in Cape Coral

Posted at 7:36 PM, Oct 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-27 06:27:02-04

CAPE CORAL, Fla-- Nearly half a dozen car burglaries happened in one night in North Cape Coral. Police said the crooks targeted cars that all had one thing in common, unlocked doors. 

"We need people to make it hard for the bad guys, so we can make it hard for the bad guys," said Cpl. Phil Mullen. 

Instead some in Cape Coral are enticing thieves by leaving valuables in plain sight, inside unlocked cars. 

"I've never, well not never, but I can count on one hand the number of windows I've seen shattered," said Mullen. 

The lack of care has helped thieves swipe stuff from 515 cars throughout the Cape this year. 

"It will be two or three kids, one in the car and they let their friends sneak around the neighborhood and try car doors," said Mullen. 

Police said it only takes thieves a second to make you a victim, but you can do something even easier that will make it harder on them, and that's locking your car.