EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSCar Break-ins On Rise In Ashland Area
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Reported by: Darrah Wilcox
Web Producer: Heath Harrison
Reported: Jul. 10, 2013 4:30 PM EDT
Updated: Jul. 10, 2013 6:26 PM EDT
Ashland , Boyd County , Kentucky
If you live in the Ashland area, police say to make sure to keep your valuables out of your car.
More and more people are becoming victims this summer. Ashland police said they have seen a major spike in car break-ins this year. Many of them are happening in daytime hours in public places like shopping centers and the movie theater.
"It's just going higher higher and higher. I'm sure it has to deal with the economy in general and summer time more people are out walking around," Ashland Police Community Resource officer Robert Simpson said.
It has been years since Linda Picklesimer had her car broken into, but the fear and frustration is still very fresh.
"I was horrified because I had my bankbook in the car," Picklesimer said. "Somebody broke in my car, took my speakers out of the back of the car. They'll take anything, CDs, speakers, everything."
The good news is you can do several things to prevent it from happening to you.
"The most we can do is protect yourself and that's going to be by eliminating some of the opportunity from the criminals," Simpson said.
Use common sense.
"Always lock your cars. Always roll up your windows," Simpson said.
Don't leave out potential bait for burglars.
"Big items right now are TomTom GPSs, Make sure you take your GPS off your dashboard and put it in your glovebox," Simpson said.
Other popular stolen items to clear out of the car are cell phones, electronics, even spare change.
"It's about all you can do," Tery Pancake said. "If somebody's going to break in, they're going to break in, but we try to prevent what little they can see to break in."
It's all advice Picklesimer now takes to heart.
"I don't leave anything in the vehicle anymore," she said.
Police said it is not just Ashland, but reports of increased break-ins have come in from all over the Tri-State.
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