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On The Lookout: Breaking Down Vehicle Break-Ins

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WICOMICO CO., Md. - The sound of a locked car, a noise and action so routine, but can easily be forgotten.

Sgt. David Owens says most cases they see involve loose change or electronics out in plain sight.

"They'll find vehicles that are just simply unlocked and they will take whatever is of value in the vehicle," said Owens.

Owens says a big step to protect yourself: hide your valuables.

"Make sure the things of value are secreted in places that they are not readily visible just like your house or the trunk," said Owens.

But one of the easiest ways to keep from being victimized, says Owens is with one click of a button. In fact, 55 percent of all thefts from motor vehicles in Wicomico County happen because cars are left unsecured and unlocked, leaving the door wide open for thieves.

But thieves may be pumping the breaks in Wicomico County.

This year so far there have only been 79 thefts, 30 percent less than last year. 

A five year low.

Owens says it's thanks in part to people being more cautious.

"With the economy the way it is and theft on the rise, I've always made it a habit of making sure my doors at home and vehicles are locked when I'm leaving them," said Allen Brown of Salisbury, Md.

WMDT also spoke with investigators about motor vehicle thefts. This year, 24 stolen cars, the highest in the county in the past five years, up two from last year.

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