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SF Crimes Of Opportunity

June 11, 2012, 6:00 PM by Peggy Moyer

SF Crimes Of Opportunity

From cars to homes, in all areas of the city, Sioux Falls police say thieves were out this weekend and in many cases, they were committing crimes of opportunity.

Helen Stirling has lived in Sioux Falls for 13 years. Despite numerous thefts in her neighborhood over the weekend, she says she still feels safe in the city.

"I think Sioux Falls is a great place to live. Generally speaking, those kinds of incidences are bored kids or just people who don't show respect for other people's property," Stirling said.

Officers say this is the time of year when thefts go up because property owners are leaving their garage doors open and cars unlocked. What that does is really make it a crime of opportunity.

"People, for whatever reason, are pretty trusting and they'll leave a car unlocked. They'll leave a purse or a laptop inside and they might not think there's anything of value inside, but when they come out, their stereo is gone," Sioux Falls Public Information Officer Sam Clemens said.

Clemens says if doors are unlocked, it doesn't take long for someone to lift the handle and grab whatever is inside. It's also about that quick for you to protect yourself.

"The easiest thing in the world to do is to lock things up and that prevents the majority of these types of crimes," Clemens said.

Police say when it comes to theft from people's homes, the victims typically know the people responsible.

"The things that happen from people's homes or houses, those people were there lawfully. They were friends or acquaintances or relatives that were invited into the place and then took things once they were there," Clemens said.

Despite feeling safe in Sioux Falls, Stirling does still lock her doors.

"Always; it's just common sense. I don't get bent out of shape over it. I mean, it's the world we live in. I personally think Sioux Falls is one of the safest cities around to live in," Stirling said.

Clemens says 10 reported thefts per night is common for this time of year in Sioux Falls.

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