By: Dorothy Sherman
OPELIKA, AL - They're not on the rise for Lee County as a whole. But, for the Beauregard, Opelika area this week vehicle break-ins have certainly increased.
"We have received reports from the Beauregard community, here in Lee County south of Opelika around the Lee Road 146 area, of several break-ins over the past few days," Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones said.
According Sheriff Jones the vehicle break-ins occurred Monday and Tuesday night at homes along the county road. Victims reported the items stolen from their vehicles were valuable things such as electronics.
"They are taking items from the interior of cars," Sheriff Jones said. "Things like electronics laptop cell phones."
Officials said they don't know who is committing these crimes. If it's one person or a group. But, what they do know is that every vehicle broken into was unlocked when the incidents occurred.
"Crime is a product of opportunity," Sheriff Jones said. "If an opportunity exists a crime can occur."
Sheriff Jones said they're finding most break-ins happen to vehicle that have been left unlocked. And, he said although we may forget, locking your door and removing valuables for your car is the best way to prevent this crime.
"If you'll be diligent. If you'll work to prevent opportunities from surfacing that basically you're providing sometimes, then we'll eliminate these crimes," Sheriff Jones said.
Sheriff Jones said the string of break-ins near Beauregard is still under investigation. And, encourages anyone with information these crimes to contact the Lee County Sheriff's Office.
Sheriff Jones said reporting any suspicious behavior will also help prevent vehicle break-ins from occurring.
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