LAMAR COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - Auto burglaries are up in the city of Hattiesburg and some areas of Lamar County.
The Hattiesburg Police Department and Lamar County Sheriff's Department are reminding people to be sure to lock their car doors.
The Lamar County Sheriff's Department has seen 16 auto burglaries since Tuesday Sept. 22, in the West Lake Manor and Hillcrest Drive area of the county. One of those vehicles had three guns stolen from it according to Rigel.
"This is very abnormal for us in the county, we normally do not see this high of a number any time of the year," said Rigel.
The Hattiesburg Police Department has had 20 auto burglaries reported since Sept. 17th, in multiple areas across the city. Of those vehicles, none of them were "forced entry" according to Hattiesburg Police Lt. Jon Traxler. Of those vehicles, six weapons, including shotguns and handguns were stolen.
Traxler urges people to not leave valuables in your cars, and if you do to lock the doors or even attempt to hide it.
Authorities urge anyone with any information to contact Hattiesburg Police, the sheriff's department or Metro Crime Stoppers at 601-582-STOP.