Police urge residents to lock up cars after reports of break-ins



CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Police are warning people in south Charlotte about car break-ins. There are reports of the break-ins from Park Road to Ballantyne areas.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department warned people, after 65 car break-ins this past month, to lock their cars not just in the community but also at their home.

"They feel comfortable leaving their items in their cars, and that's just not going to work anymore," said Lt. Pam Lisenby with CMPD.

Lisenby said thefts are happening at night.

"We think we have groups of individuals walking around together at night. Some of them have been reported using their cellphones as light to look into vehicles," Lisenby said.

The cars were parked in driveways or in unlocked garages in older neighborhoods, Lisenby said.

"It's kind of scary," said resident Steve June, who lives off Ardrey Kell Road.

He said his neighbors were recently targeted.

"About a week and half ago, a couple houses around here had some stuff taken out of their cars," June said.

He told Eyewitness News that he and his family are careful.

"That's why we keep our cars in the garage at all times," June said.

Police said they've made several arrests, but they can't stress enough that you need to lock up.

"The one thing we can control is what you leave in your car, it helps prevent the opportunity to break into these vehicles, so we'd like people to put their items up," Lisenby said.

Police added that if a person steals from a car parked inside a garage that is a burglary as well as a theft from a vehicle.

Officers have been more visible in the areas where the thefts happened by driving around in unmarked cars and heading out on foot or bike.