Annapolis thefts from cars rise sharply, officials say

A spike in thefts from cars in Annapolis is causing concern from law enforcement and residents of the area, the Annapolis Capital reports.

Annapolis Police say they've seen an increase of nearly 60 percent in thefts from cars since the start of 2013. Year-to-date, there have been 38 more of this type of crime this year than there were at this time in 2012.

However, police say that simple crime prevention steps could help remedy the problem. Officials tell the Capital that cars either had no sign of forced entry or were simply unlocked when they were burglarized.

Officials say they're zeroing in on the downtown Annapolis and Parole areas as hot spots for theft.