Police Encourage Precautions After Car Break-Ins | News
95 people in Warner Robins became the victims of car break-ins in March.
Warner Robins Police say they want to remind drivers to be watchful of common mistakes.
Officer Juan Garcia walked a 13WMAZ crew through an apartment complex parking lot, to point out some issues that invite thieves.
Looking through the window of one truck Garcia sad, "That appears to be a wallet under the center console."
He saw purses left sitting on seats, iPods in plain sight, windows cracked and a car door unlocked.
Garcia says those mistakes make an easy target for thieves, knowing if they get in, they can get away with valuables.
He said, "Occasionally, we do get reports of people looking in, pulling on doors. We're able to catch them in the act. They'll also try and watch, that they don't have any witnesses."
Police Spokeswoman Tabitha Pugh said thieves broke into several cars on Fourth Street Thursday night. That's on the north end of Warner Robins, but she says the break-ins are happening citywide.
Garcia said, "Sometimes they target nicer areas, because they might have nicer items to take. The don't discriminate on where they hit.'
Pugh says reports of what police term "entering auto" are up about by about 100 cases from this time last year.
There's been 557 reports in the past twelve months, with no specific pattern or area of town.