• 68°

Authorities offer tips to prevent vehicle break-ins

By Shavonne Walker

shavonne.walker@salisburypost.com

ROWAN COUNTY — Earlier this month, Rowan and Granite Quarry-Faith authorities charged Pamela Cain with stealing a car and breaking into another vehicle, taking with her a wallet, as well as credit and bank cards. The owner of one of those vehicles did not lock the door.

In that case, Cain is accused of using a stolen bank card at a couple of convenience stores and at Walmart, where authorities say she spent over $500.

Two weeks ago, a number of residents in the Grace Ridge subdivision were victims of vehicle break-ins. Many of the victims did not lock their doors, and they left valuable items in the vehicles. About six people had their vehicles broken into, and items including an iPad, debit and credit cards and cash were taken.

Unlocked doors, Rowan County officials say, is the easiest way a would-be thief can steal your belongings. Locking the doors will deter thieves who may look for “easy targets.”

Another way thieves gain access to vehicles can be through a rolled down or partially rolled down window.

Rowan County Sheriff’s Capt. John Sifford recommends not leaving anything of value in the vehicle. Make sure valuables — purses, wallets, laptops and other items — are not in plain view to draw the attention of a thief. Keep valuables out of sight in the trunk or the glove compartment, or take them inside with you.

He also suggests parking in a well-lit area including public parking lots and at home. It’s easier for thieves to go unnoticed in darker areas.

“Park in an area with surveillance cameras,” he adds or “invest in a camera system at home.” The cost of a surveillance camera is relatively low and the cameras are available for purchase at many places, Sifford said.

Some surveillance systems link to a home computer or cell phone, which can be monitored while away from home.

“If you do utilize a home surveillance system, a person can always put up a prominent sign. I think the sign itself would be a big deterrent that could prevent a person from being a victim,” he said.

Other tips include:

• Place shopping bags in the trunk before going to the next location.

• Never leave keys in the ignition or in view of a would-be thief.

• Keep the vehicle tidy, since any item including loose change or a gym bag can be seen as valuable to a thief.

• Don’t leave GPS devices or car chargers visible. Also, wipe off the suction marks from window-mounted GPS devices.

Contact reporter Shavonne Walker at 704-797-4253.

Comments

BREAKING NEWS

Gov. Cooper lifts indoor mask mandate for most situations, gathering limits

BREAKING NEWS

Barnes gets new punishment of two life sentences in Tutterow couple’s 1992 murder

High School

High school football: State’s top honor goes to Jalon Walker

Local

Scout’s Honor: With dedication of flag retirement box, Salem Fleming earns Eagle Scout rank

College

North Carolina king, queen of NCAA lacrosse tourneys

Education

Kannapolis seniors walk elementary schools

Local

Local real estate company employees come out in force to build Habitat house

Local

Quotes of the week

Coronavirus

Auditors find oversight lacking for $3 billion of state’s pandemic aid

Nation/World

When will gas situation return to normal?

Local

Rowan native Shuping posthumously receives Concord Police Department’s Medal of Valor, Purple Heart

News

GOP measure on penalties for rioting draws fire

News

Black high school softball player told to cut hair

Coronavirus

State shows 303 COVID-19 deaths in Rowan

Coronavirus

CDC: Fully vaccinated people can largely ditch masks indoors

Crime

One arrested, another hospitalized in Castor Road stabbing

China Grove

China Grove Roller Mill open for tours Saturday

News

Facing personnel deficiencies, local fire departments request tax rate increases

Local

‘Panic buying’ creates gas supply shortages locally, statewide after pipeline cyberattack

Business

Twice as nice: Planet Smoothie opens alongside Cold Stone Creamery in co-branded store

Local

Spencer board gets update on South Iredell rat problem

Education

West Rowan teacher awarded $15,000 outdoor learning grant

Cleveland

Town of Cleveland plans celebration May 22

High School

High school girls tennis: Busy Hornets win again easily