Rash of Vehicle Break-Ins in Lincoln County
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office News Release
February 2, 2012
Lincolnton, NC – Various vehicle break-ins have been taking place throughout Lincoln County over the past several weeks. The latest area hit by the break-ins was east of Lincolnton in neighborhoods around Highway 150 East.
Lincoln County Sheriff David Carpenter said the best way to prevent the break-ins is by locking your cars and trucks. He said the people committing the crimes are primarily targeting unlocked vehicles. Sheriff Carpenter said nothing is easier than taking a GPS unit, wallet or purse out of an unlocked car.
Some of the thefts go unreported to the Sheriff’s Office since the stolen items are not that significant. Suspects could face as many as three charges in connection with a single vehicle break-in.
Here are some Vehicle Break-In Prevention Tips:
- Don’t make it easy. Always keep windows closed and lock your vehicle.
- Hide your valuables and never leave anything of value in plain sight. Keep your stuff out of sight either with you or in a locked trunk. Don’t count on the glove box, thieves know to look in there.
- Park in a well lit area whether at home or in a parking lot while you are shopping.
Thieves are also targeting outbuildings that are either unlocked or where the lock can be easily pried off the door.
If you notice any suspicious activity in your neighborhood call 911 and an officer will be sent out.
(Contact Person is Detective Lt. Tim Johnson 704-735-8864)