Aiea Loop Trail car break-in raises questions of security

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A series of unfortunate events have left a Hawaii man concerned for his safety. On Sunday, he was the victim of a car break-in while he was visiting a popular hiking spot.

The man named Jim who didn’t want to be identified said that he had been gone for four hours at Aiea Loop Trail. when he came back to his car, his passenger window had been smashed. He’s a retired navy soldier who moved back to Hawaii two months ago. Since then he’s faced a series of unfortunate break-ins: one in his apartment, and the other, in his car.

“I get back around four o’clock and my window was broke into, busted, glass everywhere,” said Jim, the car break-in victim. “I opened up my glove compartment and I saw my insurance documents in a plastic folder were left open.”

Jim says that nothing was taken, but he is shaken about the kind of information the thieves may have.

“Now they know my home address, where I live, and a bunch of other things,” said Jim. According to HPD’s crime mapping, Jim is one of six people who had their cars broken into in the past month in the Aiea area. An avid hiker offered tips on what hikers can do to protect their cars. 

“The state trails normally those are big public lots and there’s foot traffic. In most areas it would be hard for a thief to break in and break into your car because there are so many people around,” said Del Brown.

Brown also recommends packing everything before a hike so that people won’t see you leaving belongings behind. He says taking everything you don’t want to lose with you and being mindful of your surroundings will help.

Jim has since filed a police report and they are currently investigating. Jim says he is upset about both incidents and will be taking further steps to secure his home.

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