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Vehicle break-ins cause concern in Kailua

KAILUA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

While Shantell Albinio was cutting a customer's hair, a car thief was at work on her Honda.

"When I approached my car I looked in the window and there was nothing on my steering wheel, where the horn is, everything was apart," she said.

The Honolulu Police Department's Crime Mapping site shows 470 property crimes were reported in Kailua over the past six months. Topping the list are vehicle break-ins.

"We've noticed island-wide there is a new breed of criminal who will just smash your window and go into your car and take your property," HPD Maj. Ryan Borges said.

In August there were 90 vehicle break-ins in the Windward District. Nearly a third were in Kailua.

Lisa Cates is on the Neighborhood Security Watch team.

"We have a lot of tourists that come here because we have the beautiful beaches, the hiking trails. So a lot of the hotspots are in our sector in Kailua," she said.

Borges said Luana Hills is another hot spot warranting more police presence. He said certain thieves get arrested then get out, creating an ongoing struggle for cops.

"Our goal, we call it strategic enforcement," he said. "If we take out these guys one by one, because we kind of know who they are, we notice the crime rate drops.

"HPD has been doing a really good job as far as making arrests, having police presence around areas that have high crime," Cates said.

Police advise that people can protect themselves by not leaving valuables in their vehicles.

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