A highly preventable crime reached an astounding number in Pocatello over the weekend.
Pocatello Police say between Friday night and Sunday, they had over 30 vehicle burglaries and four or five home burglaries. In all but two of the car burglary cases the cars were left unlocked. In the two cases where a window was broken, the stolen valuables were left in plain sight.
Police call these crimes of opportunity that are pretty simple to stop.
"I don't think people understand that we have a lot of prowlers. Every community has a lot of prowlers and they just walk up and down all the streets and they try every car door and they try every house door and if they can get in they get in and take what they can find," said Dianne Brush with the Pocatello Police Department.
Brush added that Pocatello is a safe community but people shouldn't be inviting crime into our neighborhoods by leaving doors unlocked or valuables out in the open.