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Police issue warning about rash of car break-ins

Lexington Police issued a warning Thursday, urging drivers to protect their cars and valuables.

There has been an increase in car break-ins across the city, according to police.

Monday and Wednesday, WKYT reported on multiple break-ins at hotel parking lots along I-75.

The Ramada Limited on Elkhorn Road was the most recent hotel hit by thieves. A man traveling with his wife to their cabin in North Carolina says someone broke a window and stole dishes and fishing tackle from their SUV Thursday morning.

Police said there was an increase during June and July, which investigators say is common during summer months.

Investigators said some arrests have been made.

They are urging drivers to take steps to prevent such crimes by taking these steps:

-Lock your doors: Keep windows and sunroofs closed; and doors locked.

-Hide your valuables: Keep your belongings out of sight - either in the glove box or locked in the trunk. After you've hidden your belongings, don't forget to hide the evidence; such as power plugs, MP3 adapters and GPS suction cup mounts.

-Don't leave keys in the car: Take your keys with you. Do not leave spare keys under the mat, above the visor or in a center console. Thieves know to look there.

-Stow your valuables before arrival: Experienced thieves often stake out parking lots to watch for people putting items in their trunk. Help prevent car break-ins by putting valuables, like laptops, messenger bags and electronic devices, into your trunk before you get to the parking lot.

-Trust your instincts: If you see suspicious activity, find another spot to park. If you're concerned, tell the attendant or report your suspicions to police. You may be helping keep another person from being a victim of a car break-in.

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