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Thefts from cars on the rise in Hernando

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HERNANDO, MS (WMC-TV) - Police in Hernando are concerned about a recent increase in car burglaries.

"I think in the last month we've had over 30," Chief Mike Riley said Wednesday. "Different neighborhoods in town. Basically, they're benefiting from people not locking their doors."

According to Riley, the incidents are not break-ins, but instead happen when people leave their cars unattended and unlocked.  The thefts usually occur during late night hours, and police say the suspects are probably on foot casing neighborhoods.

But officers have no idea if the same suspects are responsible for all of the thefts.

"We've had GPS units taken, navigation systems, CDs, and in some cases, cash," Riley said.

Robinson Square is one of the areas thieves have hit hard.  One victim, who did not wish to be identified, said thieves took a car charger from his truck while it was parked in his driveway. The victim admitted his truck was left unlocked, but he didn't think twice about it.

"It's nice to not have to worry, but I guess you're gonna get taken advantage of sooner or later if you do," the victim said.

Riley said that people need to pay closer attention and take the necessary precautions in order to stay safe.

"What we're asking people is to lock their doors, don't leave anything valuable out in the open in their vehicle, and don't make themselves an easy victim," he said.

Anyone with any information in this case is asked to call DeSoto County CrimeStoppers at 662-429-8477.

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