PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Pittsburgh Police are taking a proactive approach to curb vehicle break-ins by warning drivers ahead of time.

Officers will walk up to parked cars, peer inside and look for valuables that are out in the open.

Valuables could include things such as a cell phone, GPS unit or even a purse or wallet.

If officers see these items out in the open, they will leave what appears to be a ticket on the vehicle’s windshield. However, it’s not a ticket.

Officers are leaving warnings on the vehicle to alert drivers to the need to hide their valuables.

Some police zones see up to 30 vehicle break-in crimes a month and in many cases, they could have been prevented by taking a moment to hide the valuables.

The plan is for police to focus on places like the South Side, North Shore and Oakland.


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