What attracts car burglars and how to prevent becoming a victim


MACON, Ga. -- It's the most wonderful time of the year for many, but the holiday season also brings a spike in car burglaries.

Cpt. George Meadows with the Bibb County Sheriff's Office said from January to October there have been 1,053 car burglaries. That number is expected to increase.

Meadows said car burglaries are crimes of opportunity.

Recently, three to four people roamed hotel parking lots in the middle of the night and broke into multiple vehicles.

Some of the reported items stolen include briefcases, wallets and firearms. Even loose change in an ashtray or cup holder can attract thieves.

Meadows said thieves will randomly check car doors to see which ones are open. He advises people to make sure their doors are locked and no valuables are left inside.

If someone does have to leave their belongings inside, they keep them out of sight or in the trunk. This is especially important now that many will be holiday shopping.

While shopping, if you drop gifts off at your car before heading back into the store or mall, Meadows advises people to move their cars to a different parking spot.

It's also imperative to be aware of surroundings. If someone is loitering in the parking lot and looks suspicious, tell security or law enforcement.

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