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Dozens of car break-ins worry Sahuarita residents

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SAHUARITA, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Two dozen car break-ins in one neighborhood have residents worried their homes could be next.

Sahuarita Police Department is asking people to make sure they lock up their cars and remove valuables because there has been an increase in thieves breaking into cars.

"Put your stuff in your trunk, secure it, out of sight, out of mind," said Officer Phillip Steele.

According to authorities, there have been 24 cases of car break-ins in the last couple of months in the Sahuarita area. Steele says laptops, cell phones and wallets have been stolen.

That's why they started a program at Los Arroyos, a community north of the Wal-Mart, reminding people to guard their car and their houses. Steele says more home burglaries increase during the holidays.

 "You know to feel violated like that is very disturbing," said Los Arroyos resident Amanda Todd.  She said her car was broken into years ago and she's never let her guard down. However, Todd said it can be tempting to leave gifts in the car this time of year.

"Sometimes, you know we don't want to take them out because we don't want the kids to see them, so if we leave them in, so the thought of leaving them in there and not having it the next morning is hard to think," she said.

Steele said if you go out of town, don't announce it on social media and have a trusted neighbor check on your house and if anything is suspicious call 911.

"Just keeping the patio lights on will prevent thieves from targeting your house," he said

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