Vehicle break-ins continue to be a concern in Lincoln County as deputies investigate another series of incidents involving unlocked vehicles located in and around Iron Station and Boger City residences this month, according to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies said electronics and other personal items were removed from vehicles parked at homes on Lariat Drive and Asbury Church Road.
The incidents were reported Tuesday morning, when most of the victims discovered items missing from their vehicles when leaving for work and school, deputies said.
Belongings taken included a laptop, backpack, cash and driver’s license.
Some of the vehicles were rummaged through but nothing removed.
The break-ins occurred only days after vehicles were also targeted on N.C. 27 East, near Iron Station on Devine Road, and the 4000-5000 block of N.C. 27 East and Forum Lane, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Unlocked vehicles are a prime target for individuals looking for easy access to cash and other high-priced gadgets.
Deputies warn residents to “lock it or lose it” when it comes to storing items in their vehicles.
Even when leaving a vehicle for brief time period, officers suggested hitting the lock button.
Valuables should also be placed “discreetly” in the trunk or hidden out of plain view, deputies added.
Lastly, the Sheriff’s Office encouraged residents to park vehicles either outside in well-lit areas or with an exterior light on overnight if parked inside a carport or close to one’s home.
Detectives said the agency investigated similar break-ins last month on the county’s southeastern end, including vehicles located along the 4300 and 4700 blocks of East N.C. 27, Randleman Road and Fox Den Circle.
Deputies have asked the public to report any and all strange activity that takes place in and around parked vehicles.
The Sheriff’s Office is prepared to follow-up on all tips received.
Witnesses to suspicious activity can call the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at (704) 732-9050, the Communications Center at (704) 735-8202 or Crime Stoppers at (704) 736-8909.