SPOKANE, Wash. -

Don't give thieves the opportunity; that's the message from Spokane Police, who are asking residents to be on the lookout for people breaking into cars in Browne's Addition.

Since January 1 there have been 20 car break-ins in Browne's Addition including one this week.

“I think I've noticed it more this year than in years past, you can always tell because you see the broken glass on the sidewalks or the street,” former Spokane City Councilman Steve Eugster said.

Eugster has been living in Browne's Addition the last several years and says its a great neighborhood but car break-ins are a concern.

“I don't park on the street and i never park with anything in the car of that could be stolen,” Eugster said.

Spokane Police agree with Eugster and add to try and park in a well-lit area. Police say even if you think a break-in isn't worth reporting do it anyway.

“Our crime analysts go through all of that data and tell us where we are seeing a flare up of vehicle prowling so we can appropriate resources to that and to deal with the problem,” Spokane Police Officer Teresa Fuller said.

Police added to not make your self vulnerable for this type of crime and remove things like cell phones, money, electronics and yes even your keys.

“It's just a matter of easy pickings if they can look through your vehicle window and see something and smash your window and grab it and go and they're off,” Fuller said.

If you think someone may have broken into your car call Crime Check at 456-2233.