Hardest hit is the small town of Oxford. Burglars have raiding parkinglots on a regular basis.They have smashed the windows in at least 13 cars, entered through thetrunk of 2 others, slid through the sliding glass of a truck, and broken into 6 cars that were not locked. There have been a total of 22 break-inssince September 29th.
The most recent of the 22 burglaries occurred at the Oxford Food Lion. Officers say the burglars broke into three cars in about 40 minutes.
Oxford Police Detective Robert Davis says the burglars target darkisolated areas between the hours of 9 p.m. and 2 a.m., apparently to avoidwitnesses.
The vehicles being targeted were parked in locations where there isvery limited visibility. Davis says the best way to protect a car is topark it in a well lit area, lock the doors, and turn on the alarm ifit has one.
IN:WE HAD ONE CAR THAT HAD AN ALARM SYSTEM BUT THE PERSON FAILED TO TURNIT ON, THAT ALARM MIGHT HAVE NOTIFIED OTHER PEOPLE TO BE LOOKING AND MAYHAVE DETERRED THEM FROM CONTINUING TO TAKE THE REST OF THE PROPERTY OUT:INTHE CAR.""
Davis adds that car alarms are a good option and suggests not leaving important or expensive items in clear view. While there are no guarantees,taking those precautions could help prevent a car from becoming a target.
Police also ask that people keep an eye out for anyone sneakingaround peering into cars. If you see something suspicious; call police.
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