Break-ins at Trailheads
30.1 seconds. That is the average amount of time it takes a criminal to break into a car. Over the past few months, there has been a spike in broken windows at trailheads across the Pikes Peak region. The Mount Cutler trailhead has been a hot spot along with some of the parking lots in Palmer Park and quieter open spaces from southern Douglas County to Fountain. The best protection from car break-ins is to not leave anything in view in your car. Any object, from coats to yoga matts, can bring unwanted attention. Hiding important personal items in cars does not always work because criminals know that purses are stowed away under seats or wallets are left in glove boxes and trunks. If something is valuable to you, it is best to leave it at home or carry it on you while recreating. Other ways to protect yourself include being mindful of how and where you park, being alert to suspicious circumstances around the parking area and having a plan for protecting valuables before every adventure. If your car is broken into, it is important to report the incident. In Colorado Springs, call the police non-emergency number at 719-444-7000.