MOSCOW, Idaho-- Summer session is in full swing at the University of Idaho in Moscow.
Despite having fewer students on campus, police say there’s a significant increase in vehicle break-ins.
Moscow police usually average between five and 10 car prowls in a month, but 30 sprung up over the last four weeks. Seventeen of those happened in one weekend.
Prowlers hit the northwest side of town the hardest, mostly at the intersection of A Street and Baker.
Neighbors say the quiet town is not used to this kind of crime.
“We had no idea there would be car prowls around us. It makes us feel unsafe. We had no idea this little town would be like that,” neighbor Anthony Clark.
Police brace for an increase in this type of call once students return to campus, which makes the timing of these crimes even more unusual. Law enforcement urges anyone with information to give them a call.
Timing is not the only unusual factor in these cases. Police say the prowlers leave all the doors and trunk open once they ransack the vehicles, leading them to believe the same people are behind the crimes.