The Vermillion Police Department is investigating numerous vehicle burglaries and one residential burglary that occurred during the early morning hours on Sunday, May 30. The suspects removed small items of value from nine vehicles, which were all unlocked at the time of the incident. During the residential burglary a television was removed from the house, which was also unlocked. The resident was asleep at the time of the burglary. All the incidents occurred in the northeast section of the city.
The Vermillion police state it is not unusual to periodically investigate the entry of an unlocked vehicle but the extent of these entries along with the residential burglary is unusual.
Police Chief Art Mabry said, "We live in a very safe community, but even the safest of communities still require the locking of doors. We like to think that isn't necessary in our community, but in reality, it is necessary everywhere."
Mabry advised it is rare for officers to investigate a burglary where entry was forced. The vast majority of the time the vehicle or house is left unlocked. According to Mabry, "Law enforcement refers to these incidents as crimes of opportunity. Unfortunately, we create the opportunity when we fail to lock our doors."