Statesboro police are investigating a rash of automobile break-ins that took place this week and warn people to take precautions to avoid being a victim of thieves.
Between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, five cases of entering auto were reported in a residential area – four at The Hamptons apartments and one at a Caribe Court Condos home, said Madison Warren, Statesboro police community information specialist.
“The victims stated that their vehicles had been gone through and various items had been removed,” she said. “All of the vehicles appear to have been left unlocked and showed no signs of forced entry.”
Statesboro police report records show a high percentage of automobile break-ins are possibly made simple for thieves because vehicle doors are often unlocked. Reports also state many victims leave valuables such as guns, cash, and electronics in view inside their cars.
“We hate that these victims had this experience, but we hope others will use this as a cautionary tale and a reminder to lock your vehicle and take your valuables with you if possible,” Warren said. “Most criminals are looking for a quick and easy pay off. What’s easier than opening an unlocked door?”
Simple security habits can prevent being victimized, she said.
“Locking your car is the easiest thing you can do to lower the chances of it being broken into. Please help us prevent entering autos by locking your vehicle and taking your valuables with you.”
All five cases were turned over to detectives with the Statesboro Police Department’s Operations Bureau for further investigation
Anyone with information concerning this case is asked to contact the Statesboro Police Department at (912) 764-9911.
Anonymous tips may also be made online at www.tipsoft.com or by texting “TIPSSPD” followed by your message to 274637 (CRIMES). All information is strictly confidential, Warren said.