As fall hiking and tourism season approaches, Vermont State Police troopers remind citizens to refrain from leaving valuables in plain view inside their vehicles while enjoying the outdoors. This includes purses, handbags, wallets, cash, cellphones, computer devices, hiking equipment, etc.
Continuing efforts begun earlier this year, troopers with the Williston barracks will be patrolling Chittenden and Lamoille County town and state park hiking access points through the fall foliage tourism season, conducting foot patrols in the parking lots, and speaking to citizens in a community policing effort.
There have been 15 car break-ins reported to the Williston barracks so far this year, compared to 39 at the same time last year, with three occurring at town or state hiking access points. In 2016, 49 total car break-ins were reported to the Williston barracks, with 25 occurring at hiking access points.