Police Warning About Big Spike In Car Break-Ins
CHARLOTTE, NC- You've heard the warnings - lock your car doors and don't leave valuables out in the open, even if your car's parked in your own driveway.
Some Huntersville residents are learning that the hard way after three-dozen break-ins in a month. 15 happened in the Wynfield neighborhood near Gilead Road.
"They're looking for crimes of convenience. If they know there's a hundred cars on that street parked outside, unlocked, then that's where they're going to go," said Lieutenant Kevin Johnston with the Huntersville Police Department.
Thieves hit six cars in one night on Stonegreen Lane, causing neighbors like Jason Callicutt to make some changes.
"I did clean out my garage so I can park in the garage now. Got rid of all the extra junk just so I could do that," said Callicutt.
He's lived in the neighborhood for seven years and has never heard of so many break-ins at one time.
"Keep the doors locked definitely. I haven't heard anything about house break-ins, but of course that's always in the back of your head too," said Callicutt.
Police say the car break-ins are about quick cash.
Some neighbors had just a few dollars or coins stolen, but others lost GPS systems, iPods, and one person lost 100 dollars.
"Anything that even looks valuable, take it out of the car. Conceal it, hide it. Even if it's loose change. Some of the cars were entered for just for a few dollars out of the ash tray," said Johnston.
Huntersville police say there were 36 car break-ins last month.
Neighbors made it easy in 23 of them, because they left their cars unlocked. Others left valuables out in the open, so thieves broke their windows.
Police are increasing patrols in the neighborhoods between two and 6a.m.
They say that's when the most break-ins happen.
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