Car break-ins rampant in suburbs

July 29, 2008 3:52:52 PM PDT
Thieves who have been breaking into cars throughout Bucks County are stepping up their game. Maria Nichols has lived in the Warminster section known as Speedway her entire life.

In recent weeks the neighborhood has been hammered during the overnight hours with more than two dozen car break-ins. The victims are residents who left their cars unlocked on the street or in driveways.

"The cars are being left unlocked or the windows are down and they are taking valuables that are in plain sight," Chief Mike Murphy of Warminster Township said.

There's always a jump in the rate of these thefts during the summer months, but this year it appears to be an epidemic in many of the region's suburbs.

In Towamencin, Montgomery County, there was a rash of 7 break-ins over the weekend in a 6-hour period. Wallets, computers, GPS units, bowling balls, and iPods were taken. There were a dozen car break-ins in Warwick, Bucks County last week.

It was the same mode of operation in each case..

In Chief Stephen White's Doylestown Township, there were 13 break-ins alone in the last 6 weeks.

Suburban police say keep your car doors locked at night and don't openly display valuable items inside.

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