Police said the town experienced an unusually high number of break-ins during December, many of them during the daytime.
The 17 residential break-ins more than doubled the seven from November. Most of the break-ins occurred either north of U.S. 70 or within about a half-mile from U.S. 70 on the south side. Few occurred in the southern half of Garner.
Police spokesman Chris Clayton said the holidays may have spurred some of the activity. Thieves may have targeted people on vacation, for example.
“When you see a spike its natural to try to figure out what’s going on,” Clayton said.
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December 2012 didn’t see a similar jump, with just four break-ins, putting a kink in the holiday theory. And that low figure came on the heels of a busy November, 2012, when 18 break-ins were recorded.
“Honestly sometimes you never know, it’s just an increase we see,” Clayton said.
He acknowledged that given the relatively small sample size and wide range of largely unpredictable factors, a spike in a given month may not indicate much aside from bad luck.
Clayton advised residents to be alert, especially since most of the incidents occurred during the day. He said any suspicious activity should be reported to police.
Garner police also reported that seven drivers were arrested for Driving While Intoxicated during its participation in a statewide Holiday “Booze It and Lose It” campaign.
The checkpoints also generated 385 other various charges.
Statewide, deaths from alcohol-related crashes were down nearly one-third from 2012.