By: Andrew Carter (WRGA News)
With the warmer weather comes an increase in vehicle break-ins, and local authorities are appealing to the public in an effort to reduce those crimes.
Cartersville Police Chief Tommy Culpepper says that his city has seen a rise over the past few weeks in the number of crimes regarding thefts of items from vehicles.
He says there are a number of steps that the public can take to prevent such crimes from occurring.
First and foremost, report any suspicious activity in the neighborhood or in parking lots as those are the most opportune areas for theft to occur.
It is also highly advised to never leave any valuables in your vehicle, including wallets, purses, cell phones, laptops and so forth. If you do leave anything inside, be sure it is not in plain view.
Another preventative measure is to simply be sure you lock your vehicle when it is left unattended. Most reported thefts were not forced entry but thieves who simply opened unlocked doors and made off with the stolen goods.
If you suspect any criminal activity, police urge you call 911.
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