The Carrboro Police Department has issued a warning that vehicle break-ins are on the rise.
Police are reminding drivers to always roll up windows and lock doors, hide valuables from plain sight, park in a well-lit area after dark and be alert.
Between Friday and Sunday, there were at least seven vehicle break-ins, according to the Police Department's weekend bulletin. The first was reported Friday on Lloyd Street. On Saturday, police reported a car on Morningside Drive and another on Blueridge Road had smashed windows, although the owners did not report any items missing. On Sunday, four vehicles on Brewer Lane had smashed windows. Police reported items were missing from at least one car, including a CD player and a stereo amplifier.
The full statement is after the jump:
CARRBORO, NC – January 20, 2010 – The Carrboro Police Department is asking for the public’s help to reduce the number of vehicle break-ins as there has been a recent uptick in the number of these crimes. Many of these thefts are from unlocked or unsecured vehicles with valuables in plain sight. The Carrboro Police Department offers these tips to help reduce the chances that your vehicle will be broken into:
- Always roll your windows up and lock your doors when leaving your vehicle unattended, even if it is parked in front of your residence.
- Do not leave any valuables in plain sight. This means all portable music devices, loose change, laptop computers, GPS units and mounts, cell phones and similar items.
- Park your vehicle in well lighted areas if possible.
- If you notice suspicious activity, please call 911 and report it.
If your vehicle is broken into, call 911 to report it promptly as physical evidence can be destroyed with the passage of time. If you have information on the suspects in these crimes, please call (919) 918-7397 or CrimeStoppers at (919) 942-7515.