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Helena Police Report Increase in Vehicle Related Thefts

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"We had in about one month probably around 80 thefts and entries." says Captain Corey Livesay from the Helena Police Department.

The Helena Police Department is reporting a high volume of thefts this Fall when it comes to individuals unlocked and locked vehicles. These crimes have been occurring all over the Helena area, mainly in neighborhoods at night, but also even during businesses hours downtown. The majority of these thefts have something in common.

"Things that have been common with all of those, is that there is items of some sort of value whether it is a purse, whether it is a piece of equipment or an electronic that is valuable to the person who is taking it. " continues Livesay.

Helena PD has made one arrest believed to be responsible for a third of these thefts, but the crimes are still occurring, and the police department wants the publics help in finding suspects and even making sure your vehicle isn't next.

"Common statement a lot of people say is you know I live in Montana or I live in Helena, Montana you know I don't lock my doors or I don't lock my home or my car, I haven't had to for ten or twenty years, something to that affect that's changing."

When parking your vehicle and leaving it unattended, there are a few simple things such as taking your wallet or your phone out of your vehicle or making sure it is locked you can avoid the thefts that have been happening around Helena.

"There are individuals walking down the street through the parking lots and that looking into the vehicles to see if something of value is in there."

Other tips park in well lit areas and park where you vehicle is easily visible. The police department is doing all they can around the city to catch a suspect, but knows the more eyes the better.

"The thing the public can do to really help us is keep an eye out for anything that is not ordinary in your neighborhood, in your business area if you are working in town, and to call us."


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