HILO (HawaiiNewsNow) - Police on the Big Island are warning the public of an increase in car break-ins and thefts of pickup truck tailgates in Hilo.
Hilo police say during the month of September they investigated reports of 10 vehicle break-ins and six thefts of tailgates.
In the tailgate thefts, which have occurred in various locations in Hilo, the thieves have targeted Toyota Tacoma trucks.
The car break-ins have taken place in downtown Hilo, Honolii and the Hilo High School track—usually during the late night and early morning hours.
Police says the thieves usually break a window or reaching through a partially opened window to unlock a door.
Victims have included both visitors and local residents.
Hilo police ask that the public to report any suspicious activity and provide any leads that might help identify possible suspects by calling the Police Department's non-emergency line at 935-3311.