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Durham police: Lock your cars, hide valuable items

Posted February 15, 2021 4:31 a.m. EST
Updated February 15, 2021 8:51 a.m. EST

— The Durham Police Department is asking citizens to lock their cars and hide valuable items after an uptick in thefts.

According to police, seven guns and numerous other items have been stolen from cars since Dec. 1. WRAL News reached out to Durham to determine if any of the guns have been recovered and whether any of them have been linked to violent crimes.

Police said many of the cars have been targeted at apartment parking lots and hotel parking garages in downtown Durham. In 70% of the cases, doors were unlocked, and guns and other items were left in plain sight.

According to officials, the thieves are walking up to cars and checking door handles. If a car is left unlocked, and many are, they will open it and take whatever is inside.

Durham shared the following guidelines to prevent more thefts:

  • Be aware of your surroundings when you park your vehicle.
  • Do not leave packages in plain view inside your vehicle.
  • Do not leave valuables in your vehicle such as cash, phones, tools, firearms, electronic equipment, purses, laptops, important papers and documents, sunglasses and sports equipment.
  • Keep a record of serial numbers for items such as stereo equipment, electronics and other personal items.
  • Park your vehicle in a well-lighted area.
  • Report suspicious activity to 911 immediately - when in doubt, call 911.
  • Secure your vehicle at all times. Lock your doors.

Anyone with information about recent thefts is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases, and callers never have to identify themselves.

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