Car-hopping is the slang that kids use when referring to going into a victim's parked vehicle and removing property. The Downers Grove Police Department continues to receive complaints from citizens who have had property stolen from their vehicle, many times when it is parked in their own driveway overnight. This type of crime can be prevented simply by keeping your car doors locked.
Persons that access a victim's vehicle without permission and remove items have committed the offense of Burglary, which is a Class 2 felony in the State of Illinois. The penalty for Burglary is three to seven years in prison and a $25,000.00 fine.
Please make sure your kids understand the seriousness of the criminal offense of Burglary. The victim, the police, and the State's Attorney will not view it as a harmless "prank."