“I can’t remember the last time we came even close to approaching 100 reported vehicle burglaries in a month,” said Delray Beach Police Chief Jeff Goldman in a post on Facebook after revealing there were 108 auto burglaries in the month of June alone.
Of those 108 auto burglaries in Delray Beach, 79 happened in unlocked vehicles, according to police. Goldman is urging residents to lock their doors and report suspicious activity to reduce the likelihood of future car burglaries.
The number of overall burglaries appears to be declining, although the number of auto burglaries this past month amounts to almost half of the number of burglaries in the rest of 2016, according to statistics released by the department.
- In 2014, there were 535 auto burglaries, 53 percent of which involved unlocked vehicles.
- In 2015, there were 433 auto burglaries, 60 percent of which involved unlocked vehicles.
- Between January and May this year, there were 279 auto burglaries, 71 percent of which involved unlocked vehicles.
“Keep your valuables out of sight and lock your doors,” reads a poster the department is circulating online.
It continues: “Don’t be a statistic.”