LAYTON, Utah (ABC4 Utah) – Layton City Police officers issue a strong warning to drivers: lock your doors and remove valuables from your vehicle. A new hands-on campaign is driving that message home.
On Tuesday, Sgt. Clint Bobrowski patrolled a busy Layton parking lot to teach drivers a lesson they don’t have to learn the hard way.
Just last month, victims reported 37 vehicle burglaries in Layton City alone. Eighty percent of those cases involved unlocked doors.
“As hard as we work on these vehicle burglaries, they are hard to solve. We figured maybe we could attack it from a different angle and do some prevention,” Sgt. Bobrowski said.
On his third try, Sgt. Bobrowski found a car with four unlocked doors. He left a crime prevention notice on the windshield and locked the doors. During 15 minutes, the veteran sergeant found several unlocked doors and valuables in sight.
Lucy Ewing had a new sweater still in the bag in the front seat, but police said that’s enough to make her a target.
“I did learn a lesson. Now there will be everything in my trunk and when it’s full, I’ll go home,” said Ewing.
“If they get one of these or talk to me, either way, we are educating people and hopefully preventing something,” Sgt. Bobrowski said.
Police have reason to be vigilant. In 2015, 17 guns were stolen during a vehicle burglary. Sgt. Bobrowski said the weapons have surfaced in the hands of violent drug dealers around the state.