Last year, the Richmond County Sheriff's Office reports 1,208 car break ins through July. This year, they report 1,278. More than a dozen of those happening over the weekend. Sergeant Michael McDaniel says these break ins could be caused by two things:
"One of the causes is gonna' be owner error. That's where the owner of the vehicles are leaving their vehicles unsecured. Another reason could be school's out for the summer right now."
Because the break ins have been in different places throughout the county, Sgt. McDaniel says he doesn't believe any area is being targeted. He says areas hit the hardest probably display the most.
He says, " You can walk by and see a purse, a wallet, a bag that could contain dirty clothes and the bag could be a Dillard's bag or something from the mall and it peaks someone's interest."
McDaniel says a large number of the break ins have had little to no damage, which suggest the victims may have left their vehicles unlocked; exposing their cars and belongings to thieves.
Sgt. McDaniel adds, "and if that happens, it's just a matter of flipping up the door handle and seeing if that door's secure. If it's not secure, they're going to reach in and grab it. Simple as that."
Sgt. McDaniel tells us that being proactive and aware of your surroundings could keep you from having to file a car theft report of your own.
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