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Car break-ins up by 75% in one community

By: Elizabeth Dorsett Email
By: Elizabeth Dorsett Email

Officers say it can happen anywhere in any neighborhood.

"The spike has been over the last weeks since school let out; gotten warmer and people are going out," explained Detective Brian Moore of the Georgetown Police Department. "So, there are more car break-ins."

Detective Moore says officers are working dozens of cases. He also says this type of crime is up by 75% in the last month alone. Recently, hotel parking lots have been targeted and so have the neighborhoods near them. Thieves are mostly taking GPS systems, money and cell phones.

"I know the circle right across from our driveway, there have been several people there," said Anne Hunt, talking about the car break-ins in her neighborhood.

Hunt is part of her neighborhood watch and says she's done everything she can to keep thieves away from her cars.

"We don't leave anything in there that they could take, so maybe we aren't such good targets;" Hunt explained.

But police say just in case, everyone should take one more step.

"Keep track of the serial numbers for your GPS or anything in the car. If those are stolen those can help us find your property and put people who took it behind bars;" Detective Moore said.

Police say with the serial numbers, they are much more likely to find stolen items in pawn shops or in evidence.

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