There are a lot of reports of people stealing things from cars in Ibaraki lately. On May 29th, between midnight and 11am, there were 23 cases of “theft of items from cars” reported in Tsuchiura and Ishioka. The cars were mainly parked at supermarkets, convenience stores, and restaurants.
Even if you are only leaving your car for a minute, please ensure that it is locked. Also, try not to leave things of value visible inside your car.