'Autzen Stadium may experience an increase in vehicle break-ins and thefts during games'

University of Oregon Ducks football fans gather for the 2017 Spring Game at Autzen Stadium. The Spring Game will serve as the first exhibition of Coach Willie Taggart’s newly assembled coaching staff. Cost of admission was three cans of non-perishable food to benefit Food for Lane County. Photo by Ben Lonergan, Oregon News Lab

EUGENE, Ore. - Oregon football opens the season at home this Saturday at Autzen Stadium.

Fans know it.

Players know it.

And so do thieves.

"With the large concentration of people, the area near Autzen Stadium may experience an increase in vehicle break-ins and thefts during the game," Eugene Police warned this week. "In past years, there have been vehicle break-ins associated with these events, which draw thousands of people from around the region. Anytime large numbers of vehicles are left unattended for extended periods of time, local thieves view it as a favorable opportunity."

Police urged football fans to observe some tips to avoid falling prey to thieves.

  • Don't leave anything visible inside the vehicle. "If you will follow this one simple rule, you will likely not become a victim of this crime," police said.

  • Be careful when leaving electronics in your vehicle. Even a charging cord can tell a thief that a GPS, iPad or other device is inside the car, police said. "Your safest option is to leave anything you consider valuable at home," according to police.

  • Remain inconspicuous. "Don’t park and then put something in your vehicle’s trunk and then walk away from the vehicle," police cautioned. "If someone saw you put it in, they can usually access your trunk by breaking into your vehicle and accessing the trunk release."

  • Secure your vehicle. Roll up the windows and lock the doors
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