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Avoiding Car Break-Ins During the Holiday Season

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Fargo police are warning us about an expected increase in car break-ins. There was one Monday, and police say prowlers get active around the holiday shopping season.

We have some tips for you to help make sure your presents do not end up in the wrong hands.

Lt. Joel Vettel of the Fargo Police Department says, "It isn't unusual for people to take and go from car to car and look in there to see if they can see what might be valuable."

Vettel says in our community, the crime seen most often, especially during the holiday season, is property crime.

While many people may think breaking into a car is somebody coming up and smashing in their window. Ninety percent of these crimes happen because people simply left their door unlocked.

"The best way they can protect themselves at any given time, when it comes to those types of thefts is by just using good common sense," says Vettel.

That common sense includes locking the doors, covering up presents with a blanket, putting presents in the trunk or best yet, taking them out of the vehicle completely.

Police also have an extra warning for criminals. The police set up sting operations this time of year where they put items in vehicles to see if anyone will take them.

They also add extra patrols in areas like West Acres where they know there will be more people.

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