26 area car burglaries reported last week

Published: Tuesday, January 26, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 25, 2010 at 11:28 p.m.

Gainesville police are asking residents to be careful and lock their vehicles after a rash of vehicle break-ins last week.

Twenty-six reports of vehicle burglaries - 12 in the northwest section of the city - were logged last week, police said.

Four vehicle burglaries were reported over the weekend in northwest Gainesville, said police spokeswoman Cpl. Tscharna Senn.

Eleven of the break-ins last week occurred in vehicles that were unlocked, according to a report from the Police Department. Thieves smashed windows to break into the vehicles over the weekend, Senn said.

The break-ins occurred in residential areas of the city, according to police.

Thieves seemed to be targeting purses and GPS devices from the vehicles, officers reported.

Officers reminded residents to lock their vehicles and take valuable items out of plain view. Police also offered these tips:

Park in well-traveled areas with good lighting.

Rememember to secure your vehicles.

Do not leave items such as cell phones, MP3 players, laptops, GPS units, CD wallets, cash or backpacks out in the open where thieves can see them.

Senn said officers have increased patrols in areas where the burglaries have occurred, but the thefts have continued.

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