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Lock your doors, hide your presents

November 25, 2002

Dougherty County - While shopping is on the rise during the holidays, so are break-ins. This time of year gives thieves a wider opportunity to take what they can. Police urge you to pay attention to your surroundings to decrease thieves chances.

Friday is the biggest shopping day of the year, a good target day for thieves. Albany shopper, Carol Bowe, says, "I always lock my door, summer, winter or whatever. They're always locked."

Not everyone does. We found cars not locked and several other cars had shopping bags waiting for a five-finger discount. Dougherty County Assistant Police Chief, Jeremy French, explains, "There's people out there, that's what they're counting on, you to leave that stuff in plain view."

Car break-ins are common crimes, but more common during shopping seasons. Assistant Chief French gives advice, "Get everything out of compartment. Put it in trunk where it's out of sight. They will make a move onto another vehicle."

Those without trunks, like mini vans, have to be a little more creative. Bowe says, "If I load up back, I'll go home and put them away and go out again."

Park in well-lit and high traffic areas. Parking on the sides or behind stores is an open invitation to a thief.

Police say entering auto thieves are hard to catch. Those who are caught, face felony charges, and one to five years behind bars.

posted at 6:20PM by kathryn.simmons@walb.com