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Apex police investigating 90 vehicle break-ins

Posted June 24, 2010

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— Apex police said Wednesday that they are investigating more than 90 cases of vehicle break-ins over the past six months.

Police described the break-ins as "crimes of opportunity" in which the vehicles were unlocked and valuables left in plain sight. Stolen items include purses, wallets, laptops, iPods and cash.

Anyone with information on the break-ins or who sees anything suspicious should call the Apex Police Department at 919-362-8661.

Police offered tips to deter vehicle break-ins:

  • Lock your car.
  • Lock your garage.
  • Secure valuables in your home whenever possible.
  • Lock small items such as iPods in a locked glove box.
  • Secure items of value in your trunk.
  • Keep valuables out of plain sight.
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  • miketroll3572 Jun 24, 2010

    When we start cutting off hands and arms... well... I bet theft rates will go way down.

    I wish, sure would stop all the thefts.

    Midnightclay: Not a bad idea there!

  • midnightclay Jun 24, 2010

    I've heard of the bait car setup where the crooks were beaten with baseball bats by citizens and left lying in the street for the police to pick up. I hope it doesn't go that far unless the police themselves, rather than citizens, are setting up the bait cars.

  • sureuare Jun 24, 2010

    They aren't going to do anything to them if they catch them. We were broken into twice, they caught the guy, he stayed in jail about two weeks, and was back on the street. He stole over $5,000 worth of tools. Why shouldn't he do it again. I don't earn $5,000 in two weeks!!

  • we_all_have_it_coming Jun 24, 2010

    You are absolutely right, Irfarms.

    Americans are so whacked out that they think crime is part of the American way... and something totally acceptable and expected. Just human nature to rob, murder, rape, whatever.

    Leave your house unlocked and you Deserve it! - theft

    Make somebody mad and you Deserve it! - murder

    Get tipsy at a local bar and you Deserve it! - rape

    What a bunch of wimps... can come up with an excuse for anybody's behavior. Sick.

    You should be able to leave your property in you car or your home without fear of it being taken from you. Period.

    When we start cutting off hands and arms... well... I bet theft rates will go way down.

  • paginasecunda Jun 24, 2010

    "All common sense tips that somehow seem to be constantly overlooked by the public. I hate a thief, but if you leave your new IPad on your front seat, well too bad so sad"

    You should be able to leave all your life savings on the front lawn and know that nobody will touch it. It is so disgusting that you have to keep things under lock and key all the time because of these kinds of people. Always has been that way, and unfortunately always will be that way.

  • OrdinaryCitizen Jun 24, 2010

    "Time to set a few "bait cars" up in Apex."

    Fully agree. The same for homes as well.

  • sassycat8 Jun 24, 2010

    I agree with thatsgreat. I hate a thief (if you want something like an IPad, laptop, etc, get a job and earn the money) but for the people who have them and overlook common sense by leaving it in plain sight in your car, then not locking your car, well too bad so sad. Maybe next time people will remember to lock the car or leave the stuff they really want to keep out of sight.

  • didisaythat Jun 24, 2010

    if the public locked doors and took the electronics and money out of the car..car break-ins would be reduced by 80%

  • lrfarms27572 Jun 24, 2010

    "All common sense tips that somehow seem to be constantly overlooked by the public. I hate a thief, but if you leave your new IPad on your front seat, well too bad so sad." - thatsgreat

    You should be a defense lawyer. Prosecute the victim scenario, "It's their fault this poor criminal had to take advantage of the victim. If the victim wouldn't have left their stuff in plain view it wouldn't have tempted this criminal to commit criminal acts."

  • working for deadbeats Jun 24, 2010

    All common sense tips that somehow seem to be constantly overlooked by the public. I hate a thief, but if you leave your new IPad on your front seat, well too bad so sad.

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