80 cars vandalized and robbed. Hide your car, hide your keys!

Watch out!

Watch out!

Hide your car and hide your keys, because a thief or thieves are apparently breaking in on everybody in a few select neighborhoods.

Eighty cars have been broken into since the beginning of November, according to Minneapolis police. That's right--80 cars, damaged and/or vandalized in 11 days.


The break-ins have mostly happened near the University of Minnesota, as well as in the adjacent Marcy-Holmes neighborhood, according to the cops.

The thieves aren't stealing the cars, just their contents: laptops, iPods, GPS units--even loose change. The crimes seem to be happening between 10 p.m. and 3 a.m.

Police say you should follow these simple steps to avoid being a victim: 

  • Lock your car
  • Take everything valuable out of it
  • If you must leave something inside your car, hide it in your trunk before you park
  • Park in a well-lit area
  • Even better, park in your garage