OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) -- — Police want you to protect yourself and be on the lookout for thieves breaking into cars.
Compared to January-April 2018, this year there has been an uptick in vehicle break-ins; auto thefts are also up 25%.
Police say it's happening all over town, at businesses and outside homes. Don't leave your vehicles unlocked, park in well-lit areas, and turn on your home's outdoor lights.
"Most of the vehicle break-ins are taking place overnight, in the overnight hours. And we're experiencing a lot of vehicles that are left unlocked where it really takes them no effort to get into the car and they'll get in rummage around and take what they can," said Lt. Mark Desler with the OPD Auto Theft Unit.
Police say lock your valuables in secure places. Also put away phone chargers because it might trigger criminals to think you're hiding an iPhone, iPad, or computer.
Authorities say it's great to let your neighbors know on social media but file a police report as well.
Omaha police are offering up to a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest of criminals involved in auto thefts by calling 402-444-7867.