It doesn't take long to do--A thief going down the aisle in the mall parking lot, checking car doors, finding one open and swiping whatever they find inside. Police say unlocked doors make up a majority of their car burglaries.
"Probably 80% of the auto burglaries we have involve unlocked vehicles," says Sgt. Joe Mahoney with the Mobile Sheriff's Office.
It's just too tempting for a thief, especially when they see something valuable inside. Deputy Chief Lonnie Parsons at the Mobile Sheriff's Office also works security at the flea market.
"If we've had 50 let's say over the past five years, 49 of them is their purse in open view, every time," says Parsons.
And Mahoney says if you do decide to leave your doors unlocked, just don't leave any valuables in plain sight.
"If they do a cursory look inside the vehicle and they don't see anything, chances are they might move on to the next car," says Mahoney.
And as we learned from victims, sometimes you can't be too safe.
"I locked it, my daughter locked it and that actually unlocked it. Someone went into our car and they took a credit card out of my glove box," says one victim who asked not to be identified.
"I think it's important to lock it and not leave anything in it," says Sharon Brammer
Deputies at the sheriff's office tell us folks will choose to leave their doors unlocked for fear burglars will break the windows - that's why they say if you choose that route just don't leave anything like a purse or i-pod lying in the seat or center console.
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