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Sherman police warn of spike in car burglaries

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Sherman police warn against leaving valuables in parked cars. (KTEN) Sherman police warn against leaving valuables in parked cars. (KTEN)
Most cars burglarized in a recent Sherman crime wave were left unlocked, police said. (KTEN) Most cars burglarized in a recent Sherman crime wave were left unlocked, police said. (KTEN)
Sherman police emphasize the importance of locking your vehicle to deter burglars. (KTEN) Sherman police emphasize the importance of locking your vehicle to deter burglars. (KTEN)

SHERMAN, Texas -- From Kansas Street to Hillcrest Drive, Sherman police have seen a rise in car burglaries all across the city in the past week.

The police department issued an alert Wednesday warning residents of the crime wave.

"The main reason we ended up putting that information out there was because I think all but one of the seven or eight or so that we've taken in the last several days had a couple things in common," said police spokesman Sgt. D.M. Hampton.

One of those things: Leaving valuables in your car.

"Those are kinds of things that if those things were taken inside -- especially during the nighttime -- then it keeps people from stealing that stuff," Hampton said.

He emphasized the importance of removing valuables from your vehicle.

"They just kind of mess around and rifle through there and see if there are any valuables," Hampton said. "Even if it's hidden, they can still take it."

Police say another key is to use your key to lock your car doors.

"We get calls of people walking around neighborhoods just lifting door handles,"  Hampton said.

It's not yet clear if the rash of vehicle burglaries are related, but Hampton is urging citizens to take this warning seriously.

"The point were trying to get out is: Please please lock your cars and take your valuables inside."

Sherman police say most of the cars that were broken into were left unlocked.

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