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How Car Thieves Are Breaking In

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Thieves have a number of ways to break into your car and steal your valuable items.  "People are just riding around, or walking around looking from car to car to see if there's something that they can see in there that looks of valuable." says Officer Jessica Schindeldecker with the Fargo Police Department.

Car theft can happen to anyone, and there are many ways for them to get in from sticking a wedge in the door, to picking a lock, or by breaking open a window. "I would say the most popular method would be if you just leave your doors unlocked." says Tony Flieth with Gateway Collision Center.

But for the past couple years Tony has seen a growing trend coming in, to put a small hole right under your door handle to get in. "You know jam it under the handle and then bend it down, basically it looks like it's tearing the medal." Tony says. And that tiny hole can put a big one in your wallet. Tony continues, "Well the only real way to fix that is to put a door skin on the outside of the door which itself the panels probably going to cost somewhere in the neighborhood of $300."

And now they're not just breaking in your car to steal your Ipod or your GPS, instead they're taking out your personal information, like your house address so when your not home, you're a target. "When we respond to vehicles that have been entered and been rummaged through and items stole is when the owner or the person using it said 'you know what I didn't lock my vehicle." says Schindeldecker.

So if you want to try and prevent from criminals getting a hand on your things, law enforcement say make sure to lock it up. "Lock your vehicle, lock your home, and don't keep anything in your vehicle you wouldn't want to find missing." says Schindeldecker.

Police also say if you haven't to be sure to register your valuables for free on their my-property site, click on the hot button to find the link.

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