Rash of car burglaries reported in Kissimmee

- A rash of car burglaries in Kissimmee has police taking a new approach.

“It seems like it’s more car burglaries every weekend,” said Stacie Miller, Public Information Officer for the Kissimee Police Department.

But investigators say a lot of folks are making it too easy to become a victim. In November, 34 percent of the cars burglarized had been left unlocked.

“It is very frustrating for police. We can say it until were blue in the face but we need our citizens to lock their cars,” Miller said.

So starting Friday, they’re thinking out of the box. Police are showing a “Lock It or Lose It” ad at the Regal Cinema movie theater at the Loop. They’re hoping to wake people up – not just about locking up.

“We are seeing smash and grab – if you leave anything on the front seat they are going to smash your window and take your belongings,” Miller said.

Police say the campaign costs about $1,000 to keep it on the big screen through December.

“We would rather pay that money and have somebody keep their belongings than the other way around. This is just a new tactic that we’re trying and hopefully it’s going to make a difference,” Miller said.

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