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Auto burglaries spike as folks leave cars unlocked

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HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Kids and parents aren't the only ones gearing up for back to school. Thieves are also and police say recent spikes in auto burglaries prove just that.

In one week Sergeant Allen Murray with the Hattiesburg Police Department says the city saw 35 reported auto burglaries plus an additional seven on the weekend.

Murray says the start of school typically brings out the thieves and the main problem is folks leaving their cars unlocked giving criminals an all access pass to any valuables left inside.

"People are leaving valuables in the back seat on the front seat, things just in plan view and just as well as anyone may go somewhere and decide to shop, the criminals, they're out there window shopping in your vehicles," said Murray.

The city of Petal is also seeing a spike with a recent rash of burglaries inside the Trailwood West subdivision. At least nine vehicles were reported burglarized sometime between Friday night and Saturday morning. In each case police say the vehicles were left unlocked in their driveways. Stolen goods include a DVD player, golf clubs, and wallets.

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