A handful vehicle burglaries have been reported in a few Godfrey neighborhoods in recent weeks. In most cases the vehicles were left unlocked, and many in law enforcement agree this should be a common-sense reminder to lock your car even if you think you are in a nice neighborhood.
Lieutenant Chris Tharp of the Madison County Sheriff's Department tells The Big Z most of these types of thefts are crimes of opportunity, when the thieves see valuables left out in the open.
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The burglaries were reported in the Summefield and River Aire subdivisions, but other recent break-ins in the spring took place in Rock Gate. Police say sometimes all burglars need to see is a wire from an electronic device that suggests other valuable items may be inside, making your car a target.