ROCHESTER, Minn. - Incidents of vehicle tampering and thefts have more than doubled over the course of the last year.
RPD said it took 65 incident reports this month of vehicles being tampered with or having items stolen from.
That is compared to 29 from all of October a year ago. The thefts are occurring in all areas of the city but an increase is being seen in underground garage facilities, mostly in the downtown area.
One med-city resident who chooses to remain anonymous says this doesn't surprise him.
“I think that more and more people when they see something nice - they wanna go and steal it - I know people that I have actually known, they steal because either they think they're not going to get caught, or they can't afford the thing that they're trying to get,” he explains.
He believes the pandemic plays a role in this spike.
“I think COVID just really puts people in a mindset where people think they're either invincible, or feel scared, or who are less worried about the consequences of their actions than they would be if it wasn't a global pandemic,” he adds.
RPD wants to remind the public to lock their doors and don't leave valuables in their cars.
Other tips from the department - roll up your windows completely and park in well-lit areas.