It's called a crime of opportunity, and Rockford police say it increased in May.
That crime is burglaries to motor vehicles. It's happening along the East State Street corridor including in parking lots at shopping centers, Rockford College and OSF St. Anthony Medical center.
Police say people are leaving windows down or keeping their car doors unlocked. Even if the doors are locked, items in plain sight are easy targets.
"People think that if they lock their door, that everything is safe. But when you think of leaving your purse, or a computer, or anything of value out in the open, it doesn't take much to shatter a glass window on a car either. So just remind the public that don't put things out in the open," said Deputy Chief Lori Sweeney.
Sweeney says most people don't pay attention to what's going on around them in a parking lot. And they pay little attention to anyone trying to open a car door.
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