Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating a rash of vehicle break-ins to unlocked vehicles in an area near Campground Road in Denver, NC. Residents began reporting the break-ins this morning (September 7) to vehicles parked at homes on Campground Road, Pin Oaks Drive, Cedar Street, Angie Drive, Osprey Trail and Forest Hills Drive, all in Denver. A total of eight break-ins have been reported.
A vehicle was stolen from a Forest Hills Drive residence but recovered a short distance away on Cedar Street in Denver. It appeared the thief or thieves went from street to street in the area entering vehicles that were left unlocked. One resident who called in a report at approximately 6:00 a.m. today said a suspicious vehicle was seen in the area around 4:30 a.m. but it was not reported.
Thieves have a tendency to break into unlocked vehicles because they want to get in and out of the area as quick as possible. Here are some ways to protect you from being a victim of a vehicle break-in:
LOCK IT OR LOSE IT. Lock your vehicle every time you leave, even for a short period of time.
Don’t leave valuables in plain view
If you place items in the trunk, do it discreetly or before you arrive at your destination.
If your car is parked in a carport or near your home, leave you exterior lights on at night.
If you park on a street, choose a well-lit, open and visible space.
Residents should also document and record all serial numbers on any items left in a vehicle.
Anyone with information on the break-ins should call 911, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050, the Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202, or Lincolnton/Lincoln County Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909. All tips are investigated.