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ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Drivers beware. Thieves are on the prowl, and they're stealing valuables from vehicles.

Dougherty County and Albany Police have seen an uptick in the crime, and they want your help to prevent the problem and catch the perpetrators.

Dougherty County Police hope surveillance video will help catch a crook they think is responsible for several thefts near Acree. The driver of a black truck pulled up at the County Line Grocery store around 3:00 Friday morning. Two people got out. More than an hour later they re-appeared. One walked up to a white Volvo. The other walked up to the store front window. She appeared to have light colored hair, pulled up, a red or pink Jacket with white on the shoulders, white shorts, and dark colored boots. The suspects stole more than $400 worth of items.

"There are people around looking and if they see something inside your car they will try to get inside and take it," said Capt. Jimmy Sexton with the Dougherty County Police Department.

Albany has seen a huge spike in entering autos. 14 reports just this week.

"This has become the norm so we're trying to get in front of this issue before the summer months hit," said APD Media Manager, Phyllis Banks.

Most of the cases can be avoided. Police urge people to keep their doors locked so thieves can't grab valuables. Don't leave your car unlocked even if you'll be right back. Thieves are constantly looking for the perfect opportunity to strike.

State Farm Insurance Agent, Jay Kimbro, says he's seen theft claims triple in the past two years. Most people don't realize that car insurance does not cover property stolen. It only covers damage to the car. Homeowners insurance covers items inside. Based on his clients, Kimbro says an average deductible for homeowners insurance is $1,000 and $500 for renters and car insurance.

"We're seeing higher deductibles," said Kimbro. "The higher the deductible, the higher the risk, and the lower the premium."

Albany Police say one big problem is women leaving purses in sight. Police say to hide them or take them with you when you get out of your car. It's a simple precaution that can save you a lot of time and money down the road.

Albany Police say most entering auto cases are in west and central Albany, often at apartment complexes. They're currently working on special strategies to targeted problem areas.

If you have any information leading to an arrests regarding these entering auto incidents, call Crime Stoppers at (229) 436-TIPS. 


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