Avoid vehicle break-ins, know how to protect belongings

Tribune staff reports

During the past couple of weeks, several cars and trucks in Jackson County have been broken into.

Many of those reports have come from the Seymour area, Sgt. Noel Houze of the Indiana State Police said, including several this week.

With the holiday shopping season coming up, Houze offered some tips for protecting your purchases and your vehicles from becoming a target of thieves.

“Though there are no guarantees, by following some simple tips your car may be a less attractive target for someone looking for an easy target,” Houze said.

Chief among them is locking your car or truck and rolling up all the windows, even if you expect to be away for just a short time.

Parking in well-lit areas also is recommended, Houze said, and Seymour Police Chief Bill Abbott recommends shopping with someone else when possible.

Houze also suggests activating a vehicle’s alarm if it’s equipped with one.

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