Sparks Police say people aren't being careful enough with their personal belongings, and thieves are taking notice and then taking their valuables.
"It's a crime of opportunity," says Commander Gary Potter with the Sparks Police Department. "If things are left in plain view and they think they have the opportunity to reach in and grab it. They're going to grab it."
Sparks Police says thieves are smashing windows and grabbing valuables out of people's cars; and it only takes a few seconds. If you've ever had your car broken into, you probably felt like the unluckiest person in the world. But authorities say behind every big theft is a big opportunity. If the people we spoke with are any indication, there are a number of opportunities for thieves in Sparks.
"I just feel like this community is safe," says Linda Smith from Sparks. "So, I'm not looking for these things to happen to me."
Smith says she doesn't see any reason to worry, until something does happen to her. Many others we spoke with said the same thing, but nothing could compare to one Sparks man who left his truck unlocked while he went grocery shopping. And he says...he'll do it again.
"If I have to stop somewhere else. I'll just leave (my bags) here and go wherever I'm going. If it's there when i get back...good...if it's not then I guess I'm coming back to do some more shopping."
Police say it's always important to lock your doors and also try to plan ahead: if you plan on putting something in your trunk while you're at work, do it before you leave the house. If you don't want to put your valuables in the trunk, make sure they're properly covered or completely tucked away under the seat.
These sound like simple tips, but police say if everyone follows them religiously, we'll see a sharp decline in these thefts.