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'Car-hopping' puts your property at risk

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Garvin County residents are urged to keep their vehicles locked. (KTEN) Garvin County residents are urged to keep their vehicles locked. (KTEN)

GARVIN COUNTY, Okla. -- Some areas in Garvin County are falling victim to "car-hopping."

Sheriff Larry Rhodes said young people go around pulling vehicle door handles. If they find one that's unlocked, they take whatever they want.

"I think they main thing we can get out to our residents is, the days of keeping your car doors unlocked are over... especially with this fad of car-hopping going on," Rhodes said.

It's a crime that's said to be popular among teenagers, who enjoy sharing their illegal exploits.

"They're so in touch with social media that it's something they share and they talk among themselves, either in person or social media," Rhodes said.

While suspects in two recent cases in the county were nabbed, this type of crime isn't always easy to solve.

"Many times persons for days or a week later realize that something may be missing from a vehicle," the sheriff said.

If you believe you've been a victim of this crime, be sure to alert your local law enforcement agency.

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