What local law enforcement officers say is causing a rise of vehicle thefts

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Correction: Adamson says several arrests have been made in regards to the stolen vehicles since Jan. 1.
WABASH VALLEY, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Some local law enforcement officers reported a significant increase of auto thefts.

According to the Terre Haute Police Sergeant Ryan Adamson, in Terre Haute alone, there have been 10 vehicles stolen in the past month.

Officers are asking the public to not leave unlocked cars unattended, even if you believe you will only be gone for a minute.

“It’s cold outside,” Ryan Adamson, THPD sergeant, said. “People want their car to warm up or they pull into a gas station. They think they are gonna run in for five minutes to pick something up, leave their car running, and they come out and their car is gone.”

John Plasse, Vigo County Sheriff, sais the county has had 28 auto thefts since Nov. 1. This is double the number frmo Nov. 1 to Jan. 12 of last year. In 2019, there were 19 vehicles stolen during that time.

In Knox County, Sheriff Doug Vantlin said his deputies have seen a decrease in the crime. This is after a multi-agency effort busted a string of vehicle thefts in December.

“We still have some house burlaries, grage thefts, garage burlaries too.” Vantlin said. “People getting into that, but nothing. No alarming numbers.”

Vantlin says there are things the public needs to remember to help keep the numbers low.

“Especially if you park your vehicle outside, lock it up,” he said. “Take all your valuables out of it. And women wil sometimes leave their purse in the vehicles and that’s the first thing they’ll go through.”

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