Lock those cars: break-ins rise

FAYETTEVILLE Between Sunday and Tuesday, 26 break-ins have been reported. Valuables such as GPS systems, money, Blackberry phones, and iPods were taken.

Investigators say in most cases, cars were left unlocked. They say thieves often patrol parking lots trying door handles to see if a car is open. If it is, they can be in and out in 30 seconds or less.

Police also say it's a good idea to tuck valuables under a seat or in the trunk out of site. If a crook doesn't spot anything through the window, he's less likely to try and get in.

If you have a valuable item like a GPS system in your car, keep a record of the serial number so you can claim it if it's recovered after a theft.

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