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Police: Auto break-ins rise, many leave doors unlocked

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Auto break-ins are on the rise in Moultrie. Auto break-ins are on the rise in Moultrie.
Police say don't leave valuables, including purses, wallets, or other items in your vehicle. Police say don't leave valuables, including purses, wallets, or other items in your vehicle.
Most of the car break-ins are happening at night. Most of the car break-ins are happening at night.
Out of the 35 cases, only one car window was broken. Out of the 35 cases, only one car window was broken.
MOULTRIE, GA (WALB) -

Moultrie Police officers have investigated 35 automobile break-ins for the first 3 weeks of June.

"A lot of the involved vehicles were the doors where just left unlocked, spare change and various items that were left around," said investigator Steven Colgan with Moultrie Police.

Moultrie police say it's widespread problem in the city.

"Parking lots, apartment complexes, places where there's a large amount of vehicles [can be targeted]," said Colgan.

Out of the 35 cases, only one car window was broken. Police said the others were just left unlocked. Investigator Colgan says that's a constant problem, making it a lot easier for thieves to steal items.

"They'll go from car to car searching for unlocked doors, and when they find one they'll rummage and see what they can find," said Colgan.

Most of the car break-ins are happening at night. Police say they are on the hunt for whoever is responsible.

"We've got officers actively looking for suspicious people, but we need the community to do the same thing. They can cover a lot more ground," said Colgan.

He says even more break-ins may be unreported, simply because some people haven't noticed something is missing from their car.

Moultrie Police encourage you to call your local police if you see someone around your car who looks suspicious.