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Jackson car break ins prompt safety tips

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A string of vehicle break-ins have many metro area residents on edge. 

Police said a few simple steps could help prevent a break in and headache.

“You just have to be careful man, this is the holiday," said Jackson resident Larry Williams. "People are looking to take advantage of folks.” 

This time of the year, car thieves are trying to ruin Christmas for people. 

“It's like a spike around this season,” said Jackson Police Officer Colendula Green.

Green says investing in an alarm could help you keep your car or truck safe from thieves.

“Have an alarm system to where it is a little sensor light in the front to where if a person comes up to your car they will see a little red light and it could possibly ward them off,” said Officer Green.

Rankin County's Chief Investigator Raymond Duke agrees. He says it’s also important to always lock your doors and roll up your windows.

“They can reach inside, they can get a coat hanger or they can get a car unlock kit inside," said Duke. "They are now commercially sold. Anything you can do to minimize your exposure to the bad guy is what you need to do."

Another common problem is leaving your purse or valuables on the seat. Police said please be careful because if someone steals your stuff it can cost you a lot of time, money and stress.

“As you can see in this car, there are a lot of items on the seat of this car. It only takes 20 seconds to break into a vehicle,” said Green.

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