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Increased car burglaries reported in Escambia County
ESCAMBIA COUNTY - The number of car burglaries has gone up in Escambia County since Schools let out for the summer.
The Escambia County Sheriff's Office says 26 more vehicle burglaries and 18 more vehicle thefts have been reported county-wide.
For some people it's common practice to lock the car door...others not so much.
The Escambia County Sheriff's Office has dealt with hundreds of vehicle theft cases this year alone.
The suspects in these crimes lately involve more juveniles.
Sergeant James Hall says typically criminals scour parking lots and neighborhoods looking for an easy target... like this car with the window left down.
They also check to see if a car is unlocked... often times by simply pulling the handle.
It's an easy mistake to make, and Bruce Biles did just that Monday night.
"I thought I did, but perhaps I didn't. There was a lot of moving things around yesterday when I got home and I may have missed it" said Bruce Biles, Car Burglary Victim.
Tuesday morning, our cameras caught an Escambia County deputy assisting Biles after he reported items stolen.
"Just this morning I noticed my GPS was missing, and the cell phone charger, nothing big but it shouldn't happen" said Biles.
Electronics like I-pods, I-pads, cell phones, keys and GPS are easy targets.
Guns are also being stolen.
"That creates a safety problem for us and for the community at large" said Sgt. James Hall, Escambia County Sheriff's Office.
Some savvy criminals even go for personal information like I-D cards and bank receipts, which opens the door for identity theft.
"There are groups that will simply steal your information off of the card and leave the card there then the victim doesn't know until much later" said Hall.
The Sheriff's Office recommends people keep the serial number of electronics stored in a safe place so if the car is burglarized, the stolen items can be recovered. Most of all, remember to lock your doors.