Dare County Sherriff’s Office reports increase in thefts from unlocked vehicles

[photo courtesy Dare County Sheriff’s Office]

The Dare County Sherriff’s Office reports there has been an increase in the number of thefts taking place from vehicles, especially those that have been left unlocked.

Thieves have been able “to get in them with ease taking wallets, purses, money, jewelry and handguns,” according to a post on the department’s Facebook page.

“Please lock all doors to vehicles when you are not around them. Set an alarm on your phone for 9 p.m. to double check them before going to bed.”

“If you are traveling with a handgun it is your obligation to make sure it is accounted for at all times. If you are not carrying it on your person, it needs to be secured and unlocked vehicles, campers and houses are not.”

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