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Unlocked vehicles causing rise in break-ins

Posted by Jessi Turnure 

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - It's a growing problem in many neighborhoods across Jonesboro. The number of car break-ins has shot up since summer began.

The Jonesboro Police Department said since June 1, there have been 46 reports of break-ins.

Sgt. Lyle Waterworth said the number is high because many cars in Region 8 are an open invitation to thieves. "In many of these reports, the victims left their vehicles with either the window down or the doors unlocked. Bad guys look for the path of least resistance and if it's easy they're gonna take it."

Waterworth said it is even easier for these thieves in the summer time. "People leave their windows open more. People leave more valuable items in their car over the summer in a hurry getting ready for vacation. You know, they leave their GPS on the dash more because they're traveling more."

To keep this from happening, Waterworth urges all residents to lock their vehicles. "Let's not be easy targets for people who are looking for the easy way out."

Waterworth said to also keep the garage closed, even when someone is home. "You're opening your home for anyone who's driving by, walking by to see what you have in your garage."

Waterworth also advises people to hide their valuable items. "If you keep the stuff out of sight, it's out of mind. And as long as they don't see it, the bad guys don't see it, they're less likely to commit the crime."

Waterworth said neighbors should also watch out for each other. "If they see somebody who is not supposed to be in the area, please call us and let us know so we can help prevent these types of crimes."

As a last resort, Waterworth said to remove all valuable items from your car. "Anything in the car could be taken. So if you don't want it taken, don't leave it in your car."
   
The department has not solved some of the latest break-ins and asks anyone with information to call Crimestoppers at 935-STOP. 

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