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Kaua‘i police warn of ongoing thefts targeting residents and visitors

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A Kaua‘i Police Department vehicle parked at the department’s Waimea substation on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2023. Photo Credit: Scott Yunker/Kaua‘i Now

The Kaua‘i Police Department is urging residents and visitors to be more vigilant of suspicious activity to avoid becoming a victim of theft.

According to officials, a recent rash of car break-ins and thefts have occurred in residential neighborhoods islandwide.

“In recent reports, subjects are targeting unsecured vehicles,” said Acting Captain Kennison Nagahisa of the Investigative Services Bureau. “They are quietly going through neighborhoods and checking for unlocked vehicles for an easy opportunity to steal valuables.”


Nagahisa recommends locking all doors to your vehicles and your residence. Avoid leaving any valuables in your vehicles or in plain view from the outside. Additionally, the public is advised to be more observant of suspicious activity and any unfamiliar vehicles or persons in their neighborhoods.

“It is very difficult to have officers everywhere at all times,” said Captain Nagahisa. “So, it is important that we remain vigilant, and by doing so we can help deter crime in our own neighborhoods and communities.”

Kaua‘i police advise the public to report suspicious activities to police dispatch by calling 808-241-1711. Those wishing to remain anonymous can provide information by calling Crime Stoppers Kaua‘i at 808-246-8300, submitting a tip at cskauai.org, or through the Crime Stoppers Kaua‘i P3 Tips Mobile App.


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