Police step up patrols as car break-ins increase during the holidays

GARNER, N.C. (WNCN) – Reports of car break-ins tend to increase during the holiday shopping season and many police departments are stepping up patrols at shopping centers to prevent break-ins.

With the holiday shopping season in full swing, thieves are hoping to take advantage of shoppers leaving valuable items in their car. However, police say there are a few things you can do to help prevent yourself from becoming a victim.

Police want you to remember to put valuables in the trunk and cover them up. If you shop at night, it’s recommended you park in well-lit areas, close to the stores.

Police also recommend shopping at just one store at a time and then going straight home afterward. Multiple stops may allow criminals to follow you and break into your car at your next shopping stop.

“We like to say the Grinch likes to come out during the holiday season,” said Garner Police Sgt. Chris Adams. “So try to do the best you can to prevent yourself from becoming a victim.”

Adams says to always lock your car, even if you’re running into the store for just a minute. Most of Garner police’s reported car break-ins involve people leaving their doors unlocked.

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