Security software helping car break-in investigations

Fishers Police
(WISH Photo, file/Tom Sheehan)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – People breaking into cars have started becoming more brazen in several central Indiana neighborhoods.

From Johnson County up to Hamilton County, 24-Hour News 8 has covered several car break-ins this week alone. Some suspects reportedly took it a step further once inside the vehicle. But those electronics thieves are stealing might also be the key to catching them.

“It’s pretty surprising I’d say just that anyone would try to break-in in this neighborhood especially,” said homeowner Brad Vanoverloop.

It’s easy to see why he feels that way. Vanoverloop lives along Newhall Place in a neighborhood on Indy’s southeast side. Many of his neighbors display their alarms systems while others just display where they work.

“There’s tons of cops that live around here. Their (squad) cars are usually outside on the street or in the driveway,” he said.

It was in a driveway across the street from Vanoverloop where people reported that someone broke into their vehicles, then used the garage door opener to get inside home. The report states several items were stolen all while the victims were asleep on the couch.

“We never have cars in the driveway and if you do we’d have it locked I’m sure,” said Vanoverloop.

Fishers Police said unlocked cars are the reason they responded to several burglaries this week.

And they believe a man caught on a web camera might know a thing or two about them.

Investigators said the picture of the man was taken when he opened a laptop that was reported stolen from a home near 104th Street and Florida Road Monday.

Kevin Falls, a technician at PC Help Services in Carmel, said there is security software you can install on a laptop. Programs like LoJack for Laptops can also track a laptop’s location and see what the user is doing on it. Falls said it helped one of their customers.

“We were able to use those tools to obtain information as to the person that took the equipment and the location, where the equipment currently was and we were able to work with law enforcement to get situation resolved and return the equipment to the customer,” he said.

But Fall’s best advice is to keep your electronics out of sight and not in your car, Vanoverloop agrees.

“Obviously keep stuff locked and maybe that wouldn’t happen ever,” said Vanoverloop.

Falls said the security software is easy to install and that it walks the user through the process.

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