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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Entering Autos, better known as car break-ins are becoming an everyday crime here in Albany. While police are doing their part to better protect you and your vehicle, they say drivers can take the first step to making sure their number one form of transportation doesn't become a thieve's next target.

"Cars are important. You have to transportation to get to and from work," says driver Anthony Perryman.

You're number one form of transportation can often times become the most vulnerable target.

"We continue to see those types of break-ins when it comes to cars," says Phyllis Banks with the Albany Police Department.

While police are constantly on the lookout for those suspicious criminals looking to snap up your valuable items, they say the driver must take the first step in protecting their vehicle.

"Just try to keep some crime prevention tips in mind when you're parking somewhere," says Banks.

Experts say thieves often target cars that look easily accessible and ones that have big ticket items in plain view that they can get their hands on.

"Lock up the valuables. Either take them out of the car or before your get to your destination and you know you're going to be to parking in a parking lot or somewhere where people are going to be wondering around looking into cars, try to put all those things away before you get to your destination," says Banks.

Perryman says he does just that; making sure to take his cell phone with him when he locks up the car.

"I always take my cell phone with my and lock my car every time I get out."

But officials say that might not be enough anymore. A locked door is now just a minor road block for some criminals looking to break into a vehicle.

"People are just not waiting on the unlocked doors anymore. People are proceeding to break windows now if they see valuables in plain view," says Banks.

That means drivers are having to go even further to protect their cars.

"Make sure the cars are parked in well-lit areas. If they see anything suspicious, try to find another parking place," says Banks.

Officials say making those smart decisions could be the difference between a broken window and a un touched car.

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