RCPD reports spike in vehicle burglaries

RAPID CITY, S.D. – As the warmer months roll in the Rapid City Police Department is seeing a spike in vehicle burglaries. This month alone police have received reports of at least 20 car burglaries. 

In a majority of those cases, the vehicle showed no signs of forced entry. Officers want to remind the community to lock their cars.

Valuables such as firearms should always be removed before leaving the vehicle unattended. Even if a car is locked, a gun or any other item of value should never be left in an unattended vehicle.

“It’s a concern that we’re not leaving our vehicles locked and it’s even more of a concern that we’re having firearms taken from them. I think we need to be more responsible as gun owners to make sure that you lock up your guns when you’re not around them -a vehicle is not a great safe for a firearm,” said Sgt. Kelvin Masur. 

At least 65 vehicles have been burglarized in the Rapid City area so far this year. 

Categories: Local News, South Dakota News