LANCASTER COUNTY – Several Lancaster County police departments are reporting an increase in the number of auto theft crimes. They recommend you do not leave your car running unattended even for a minute as criminals are opportunists who love an easy job. Do not leave valuables or even cheap items in plain sight. Offenders often look into vehicles to see if it is worth breaking into and what you may think is worthless, they may see as some value to them. Car alarms are a deterrent. They are loud and annoying, but next time this happens, take notice that there are no car thieves around a noisy car. Don’t park your vehicle in an isolated area or an area where others cannot see your vehicle from the street. If you park in your garage, make sure you lock your garage door.