Towns See Spike In Break-Ins

Some towns across eastern Carolina say they're investigating more and more car and home break-ins lately.

Greenville and Winterville police say they've seen a spike in those crimes.

Winterville police chief Billy Wilkes says they've seen between 15 to 20 vehicle break-ins recently. He says people are making it easy for thieves by leaving electronics in the car in plain view. Two days ago a home was pried into and the homeowner's television, video games and Christmas presents were stolen.

Officers say it's important to keep an eye out on your neighbor's belongings and to keep vehicles and homes locked..

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  • by Bill Location: Winterville on Dec 21, 2008 at 07:38 AM
    Education and a new mind set are key in reducing robberies. If you leave valuable items in plain sight, and/or leave your door unlocked, what do you think is going to happen? My son had the "It'll never happen to me" attitude all through high school.He had more money and clothing removed from his car and locker than anyone I know. There are bad people out there! Protect your stuff.Use locks and alarms. Don't put your valuables on display. Install deadbolts on house and apt. doors. Don't leave you GPS bracket attached to the windshield or dash when not in use.Thieves also look for the tell-tale ring that the GPS suction cup leaves. Most inportantly, realixe that yes, it can happen to you. The many victims never thought when they left home or parked their cars on those days, that their property would be damaged and stolen. Use common sense and preventative maintainence.
  • by Mike Location: Edenton on Dec 10, 2008 at 04:41 AM
    Get a mean dog for you home. You might even want to remove his vocal cords so he can't bark a warning before he bites. It's just common sense to remove things from your car or at least from sight. But then a lot of people no longer have common sense. The sad part is that the punks that break into your house are usualy someone you know and knows what you have worth stealing. A large percentage are even extended family members! Shame shame!
  • by Tad Location: Jamesville on Dec 9, 2008 at 10:35 PM
    ???, The savings in gas would be eaten up by increased personel cost. You could not cover a city the size of Greenville on foot without increasing manpower dramatically. What they really need to do is start "profiling". It may be politically incorrect but it works great. Also, keep the criminals locked up when they have them. The same small group of thugs go continuously through the revolving door of the justice system.
  • by ??? Location: NC on Dec 9, 2008 at 07:09 PM
    The towns need to save on gas and go back to having policemen walk the beat like they used to do. Then they would have more of a presence and would be more aware of what is going on in the neighborhood.

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