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Car break-ins on the rise, what you need to know

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Anyone who's ever had their car broken into will likely tell you it's violating. "It may be convenient to have your wallet, have your checkbook in there, so you always have it with you, but how convenient is it really when you come out and it's gone?" said Lieutenant William Gary with the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office. 

Gary has investigated many car break ins and thefts, and is currently working on several break in cases in Spartanburg County.  "They try not to make a lot of noise, and most of it's things they can carry in their hands, that they try and steal," he said.

Gary said because break-ins are on the rise, not only should you lock your doors, but take your valuable items inside. "We're getting guns stolen out of cars, people leave guns in their cars, credit cards are a big thing," said Gary.

He said your car can also be just as easily stolen as it can be broken into, "Somebody breaks in, they see a key, they say hey, I'm gonna take this car for a ride, so they throw the key in and away they go."

Statistics from the National Insurance Crime Bureau rank Greenville, Anderson and Mauldin number 43 in the country for car thefts, and second in the state with just under 32 hundred cars stolen in 2015.  Spartanburg ranked 96 in the country with 786 cars stolen.

"There's nothing worse than when you've been violated when someone breaks in to your car," said Linda Burch with AAA of Greenville. 

Burch is the travel manager at the AAA off of Woodruff Road, and said if you can, put your car in your garage, but if you don't have one, she said park, in a well lit area.

"People are less likely to break into cars in those circumstances," said Burch.  Lt. Gary said 84 percent of their recent car break ins, the cars were unlocked, and Burch said, "My recommendation, is always put in a claim, you never know, you might get it approved versus thinking that you might not get it approved and not doing it."

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