AMERICUS, GA (WALB) - With the warmer weather in South Georgia, police in Americus say they are experiencing more car break-ins.
Officers say breaking into a car is a crime of opportunity.
Criminals often do this because they see an iPhone, computer, purse or other valuable in the car.
So far in April, Americus has had 12 car break-ins.
Maj. Herman Lamar with Americus Police said this is more than usual.
Police say they are patrolling neighborhoods more to help deter the crimes.
Officers warn that you should never leave a gun in your car.
"That firearm can be used in all sorts of crimes that you have no intentions of, and it changes hands so many times and so quickly," said Maj. Lamar.
Police have a Clean Car Checklist, so you won't become a victim.
1. Lock all windows and doors.
2. Remove GPS and mounts.
3. Remove cell phone/smart phone.
4. Remove laptop/tablet computers.
5. Remove ALL electronic cords and power sources.
6. Remove book bags, brief cases, shopping bags, gym bags, and purses.
7. Do not leave money, bills, or coins out in the open.
8. Do not leave a firearm in your vehicle.
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