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Police share advice to prevent car thefts

 By Tayleigh Davis - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - In the past couple of weeks, Property Crimes in and around Albany have increased. One of the contributing factors is a rise in reported Larcenies. Specifically, there has been a slight jump in Entering Auto cases. 

In November, there were 64 cases of Entering Auto reported. 75 percent of the vehicles were left unlocked. 42 percent were parked at the victim's home or apartment complex. 78 percent had valuables in plain sight.

 To prevent vehicle break-ins police urge citizens should take the following precautions: 

  • Keep all doors locked, and ensure windows are rolled up completely.
  • Do not leave valuables visible inside the vehicle
  • Secure all valuables inside the trunk of vehicles, and if the trunk can be opened from inside the vehicle—be sure to lock the trunk release button
  • Invest in a car alarm
  • Do not leave purses/wallets visible on the seats or the floorboards of vehicles
  • Do not leave keys inside vehicles or leave vehicles unattended & running

People should also report any suspicious individuals they see roaming around in parking lots. To remain anonymous, people can call Crime Stoppers at 229-436-TIPS. 

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