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Car break-ins on the rise

Police say thieves walk down rows of cars, pulling on handles until they come across an unlocked vehicle. (KATV Photo)

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KATV) -- With car break-ins on the rise, North Little Rock Police Department is promoting the "9 PM Routine" in hopes of cutting down on crime. PD is taking to social media, reminding everyone to lock up their cars and remove personal items from them before going to bed.

Police say thieves walk down rows of cars, pulling on handles until they come across an unlocked vehicle. Once inside, they ravage the car of personal items, and, according to Sergeant Brian Dedrick with NLRPD, many people leave firearms, electronics, and wallets in their unlocked cars.

"They don’t have to break a window so it doesn’t wake anybody up, nobody hears it," Dedrick said.

Vehicle break-ins are a continuous problem here in Little Rock and North Little Rock, but it's what victims are leaving in their vehicles (like guns) that has law enforcement concerned.

Dedrick says you'd be surprised by how many people leave their cars unlocked. That's because of the common misconception that your car is safe if it's in your driveway or parked in a neighborhood. But in reality, Dedrick says there are no safer or less-safe parts of town when it comes to this specific crime. He says car break-ins police have responded to are all across the area.

"A lot of times when someone breaks into a vehicle, they won't just stop there. They'll go to the next door neighbor's and they'll pull on that vehicle handle," Dedrick added.

One way to cut down on crimes: police urge citizens to call 911 if you see someone suspicious, or someone who looks like they don't belong. Driving slowly and after the sun has gone down are red flags of suspicious activity.

So far this month, there have been 31 vehicle break-ins in North Little Rock. 13 purses and wallets were stolen, along with three handguns.

Back in November, there were a total of 76 reported vehicle break-ins in North Little Rock.

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