The Columbia Police Department is reporting an increase in auto break-ins over the weekend.
The crimes are concentrated in the city’s business and entertainment areas. The items most targeted have been women’s purses. The police department advises that if you have to secure your purse in your vehicle, you should do it before arriving at your destination. Opportunistic criminals have been known to watch parking lots and target vehicles after women put purses in trunks.
The department also advises that you not leave valuables or packages on the car seats or in plain view and to remember to always park in well lit areas. — Staff reports