Chapel Hill Police are warning drivers to make sure their doors are locked and valuable items are out of sight after reporting 22 break-ins since Nov. 1.
The number of auto break-ins is “a significant increase from the same time period last year and a significant increase over recent months,” a police news release stated.
Doors were left unlocked in nearly all of the break-ins, police reported. They are adding patrols in an attempt to deter more break-ins, while working to identify potential suspects.
The department is warning drivers against leaving valuable items, such as tablets, laptops, firearms and wallets, in clear view. Anyone who sees suspicious activity should call 911 immediately, police said.
They also offer these tips:
▪ Try to park in well-lit areas
▪ Always lock doors and roll up windows
▪ Take items with you or lock them in the trunk
Anyone with information about the break-ins can call the Chapel Hill Police Department at 919-968-2760 or Crime Stoppers at 919-942-7515.
Calls to Crime Stoppers are confidential and anonymous, and the caller may be eligible for a cash reward up to $2,000 for information that leads to an arrest. You can also leave tips for Crime Stoppers at crimestoppers-chcunc.org.