Police said they have investigated a recent spike in car break-ins in the past three months across Anderson.
Anderson police said 71 cases were reported between Aug. 31 and Oct. 31, and in 78 percent of the cases the cars were left unlocked. Investigators said in many of the cases, valuables were left in plain sight within the vehicles.
Stolen items included firearms, credit cards, electronics, purses, wallets, golf clubs and cash, among other items.
Police said the majority of the crimes have been in the mideast and north/northeast parts of town, happening overnight at homes.
Police are stepping up patrols to attempt to stop these break-ins but have asked citizens to take some simple measures to avoid becoming victims - steps such as locking car doors and removing the keys. They also said removing valuables when leaving a vehicle may help to curb these types of crimes.
If anyone has any information on the recent car break-ins, they are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIME SC.
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