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Vehicle, home thefts on the rise in Wake

Posted August 27
Updated September 4

— The Wake County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help to stem an increase in vehicle and home thefts, especially in the southern and eastern parts of the county.

Investigators said break-ins have been on the rise in the past few weeks, and most of the cases involve unlocked cars parked in front of homes in rural subdivisions around Knightdale, Wendell and Garner. Unlocked homes without alarm systems have also been victimized. 

There have also been cases in Johnston County, and multiple jurisdictions are working together to solve the crimes.

There were nearly 100 break-ins alone in July and August, Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison said.

Some of those cases were in the Turner Farms subdivision in Garner, which surprised Travis Lewis, who has lived in the area for nearly 20 years.

"In this neighborhood, it would surprise me a little bit because we have very little traffic flow," he said. "Usually people who just live here."

Harrison said the incidents are crimes of opportunity and encouraged residents to lock vehicle and home doors as well as report suspicious activity.

"I want the people who live in those communities to be the eyes and ears for us," he said. "We're going to be there in anyway we can but they will see more than we will."

Anyone with information about the crimes should call investigators at 919-856-6800.

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  • Hippy_mom Sep 5, 3:16 p.m.

    Come on, folks. This risk is bipartisan. I don't think the thieves care who you voted for or who is in office. Let's just look out for one another.

  • tierneemalinadeveaux Sep 5, 2:19 p.m.

    Its not about politics, i know liberals want one to believe the government is resposible for... View More

    — Posted by lopo

    Lopo, I agree with you. The fact that so many people DO depend on the government is one of the reasons that this is a news story! People need to take responsibility for themselves: whether it is finding a job or securing valuables…smaller government means a better life for all!

  • davidhartman Sep 5, 2:14 p.m.

    Anybody breaking into my home better be wearing combat body armor head to toe.

  • Gatsby Sep 5, 1:59 p.m.

    Nothing like living with 1,000,000 people in a county.

    — Posted by outdoor592000

    Right ...A County with a shortage of livible wage jobs,over crowded schools & jammed up roads

  • outdoor592000 Sep 5, 1:43 p.m.

    Nothing like living with 1,000,000 people in a county.

  • 68_dodge_polara Sep 5, 1:43 p.m.

    Just more Change We Can Believe In .

    I wonder what else is "on the rise" in Wake and Johnston... View More

    — Posted by mike275132

    The number of people that have allowed themselves to be driven crazy by the election and... View More

    — Posted by Earth Brooks

    How true, I don't believe we are ever going to stop hearing people blame Bush?

  • Gatsby Sep 5, 1:25 p.m.

    Have you figured it out yet?
    3 kinds of people in the economy...

    1- Retired
    2- Working
    3- Browsing neighborhoods for easy targets while # 1 is gone & #2 is working

    If you do not have security system or big dog (or both) you are on deck...plain & simple. Its not "if" its going to happen to you...its "when".

  • Earth Brooks Sep 5, 1:09 p.m.

    Just more Change We Can Believe In .

    I wonder what else is "on the rise" in Wake and Johnston... View More

    — Posted by mike275132

    The number of people that have allowed themselves to be driven crazy by the election and re-election of a president they don't like, and their usage of internet forums to prove it.

  • lopo Sep 5, 1:05 p.m.

    Its not about politics, i know liberals want one to believe the government is resposible for your life, but its not. Take responsibility for youself, get good locks, leave a light on, empty the mail box, start community watch program, maybe get a dog, fence in your yard. Give the thiefs a reason to go somewhere else. Take responsibility for own life and your family.

  • Mo Blues Sep 5, 12:52 p.m.

    Just more Change We Can Believe In .

    I wonder what else is "on the rise" in Wake and Johnston... View More

    — Posted by mike275132

    Ignorance and Duke energy rates.

    — Posted by A cold, hard dose of Hans

    And of course, we will ignore the fact that Wake and Johnston Counties have Republican county... View More

    — Posted by miseem

    I detest the Republicans, but at least the media holds them accountable. I guess those counties would be a Utopia with a straight-ticket Democrat leadership just like Detroit and Chicago.

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