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Thieves Targeting Cars Parked at Duke Forest

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DURHAM — Durham Police are looking for thieves targetingcars parked near DukeForest.

The forest is a popular spot for biking, jogging and walking.

The thieves are taking the purses, money and cell phones people leavein their cars while visiting the woods.

In the past 30 days or so, there have been 21 break-ins -- quite a fewmore than this time last year.

Campus security officials say they want to do everything possible to keepthe area safe for students and the public alike. Patrol officers areeverywhere on foot and in cars.

J.F. Fleming, a member of the campus security staff says that theuniversity wants the community to feel safe anywhere on campus, so theyare working hard to elminate the problem.

The Orange County Sheriffs Department also is joining in the effort tomake Duke Forest a safer place for park visitors.

So far there have been no arrests made in the burglaries, but DukePolice say they do have some leads on the possible suspects.

Meanwhile, police have some tips that will help keep you and yourvaluables safe.

  • Park your car in an open area, and near other cars if possible.
  • Don't leave anything inside your car that looks valuable. Lock thoseitems in the trunk or leave them at home.
  • Check on your car from time to time, instead of leaving it unattendedfor hours.
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