Friday, March 15, 2013 | 1:31 p.m.
Authorities are advising visitors to Lake Mead National Recreation Area to be alert and secure their belongings after a series of vehicle break-ins in the area.
Park Rangers at the recreation area are investigating several recent break-ins that occurred while cars were parked and left unattended near some of the park's popular hiking trails.
"Criminals are breaking windows and removing valuables left in plain sight, as well as glove boxes and consoles," Deputy Chief Ranger Adam Kelsey said in a statement. "We want our visitors to be aware of these crimes of opportunity so they can protect themselves by removing all valuables from their vehicles."
In the past 30 days, six break-ins were reported at the Gold Strike Canyon Trailhead parking lot, two miles west of the Hoover Dam off U.S. 93 in Boulder City.
Six other break-ins were reported at varying locations around the recreation area: two at the White Rock Canyon Trailhead parking lot; two at the Historic Railroad Tunnel Trail parking lot; one at the Alan Bible Visitor Center parking lot; and one at Kingman Wash.
Park rangers are conducting extra patrols in those areas and ask anyone who witnesses suspicious activity within the park or who has information related to these incidents to call 702-293-8998.