HYANNIS – As the number of robberies from vehicles rises, Barnstable police are reminding the public to lock their car doors, as well as their homes.
Last week, police arrested two men who, police say, admitted to breaking into over 25 vehicles in Hyannis and Yarmouth.
According to Barnstable Police Sergeant Sean Sweeney, locking the car is critical, whether it is parked in a driveway or on the street. “It’s cold. People have the windows closed in the house. People go to bed early, and people are kind of hunkered down for the night and that tends to be on the side of the bad guy,” he said.
Sweeney said it is very rare that thieves break windows to get into cars.
Thieves take advantage of the fact that it gets darker earlier in the day.
Locking homes is also critical to prevent robberies, he said. “We find a lot of people do not lock their house. They’re under the attitude of, ‘well, it’s Cape Cod’ and they don’t take that precaution. They can head a lot of the problems off and a lot of the inconvenience just by locking stuff.”