Police Department warns of significant spike in vehicle burglaries

ST. GEORGE – Police have seen an increase in vehicle burglaries in the past week, occurring from Bloomington to the downtown St. George area, the St. George Police Department said in a public service announcement issued Thursday afternoon.

In each incident, all burglarized vehicles were unlocked, the statement said.

The Police Department reminds residents to secure their vehicles as well as not leave valuable items in their vehicles – or, at least, keep valuables out of sight.

“Local and cyclical trends in drug abuse tend to manifest in these types of crimes in our community,” St. George Police Sgt. Spencer Holmes said. “Stolen vehicles, burglaries and other thefts can sometimes be associated with drug abuse and the need to fund expensive drug habits.”

Any residents noticing a suspicious person, such as someone looking in windows of vehicles, wearing dark clothing and wandering the neighborhood at night, are asked to call the St. George Police Department at 435-627-4300.

Even if you don’t think anything was stolen, Holmes said, please report any incidents as soon as possible.

Every bit of information we gather on crimes like this can help us catch the people responsible,” he said. “Please be a good witness and neighbor to any suspicious activity and inform us if something is not right.”

Holmes added that each area of the community has a Community Action Team, composed of fellow citizens and organized team leaders working together to help keep neighborhoods safe.

“Get involved in helping protect your neighborhoods,” Holmes said, “and reduce the crimes of opportunity, such as these thefts.”

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