After four cars were broken into in the same area of town last week, Greenville police have released these suggestions on how to avoid becoming victimized by car break-ins.
• Always roll up your windows and lock your car, even if it is in front of your home.
• Never leave valuables item or even loose change in plain view, even if your car is locked. This is the number one reason cars are broken into. Put your valuable items in the trunk out of sight. This includes empty book-bags, purses, or luggage that may appear to contain valuables.
• Park your car in a busy, well-lighted area whenever possible.
• Consider subscribing to a GPS tracking system, in case your car does get stolen, it can be tracked and recovered quickly by law enforcement.
• Consider using a steering column lock or an anti-theft alarm system when leaving your car parked.
• Be a good neighbor. Report suspicious people in your neighborhood or business parking lot to the police. Use the buddy system and watch your neighbor’s home.
• Never leave your keys in the car or ignition.
• Use outside lights around your home at night. Motion sensors work great.
Four cars were discovered to have been broken into on Friday morning of South Evans St. in Greenville, near Winterville. If you have any information on those crimes, you can report it to Crime Stoppers by calling (252) 758-7777.