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Check your car to avoid car theft

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - We value our cars -- but too often people become victim to a crack in. Even in the safest neighborhoods, car theft can happen to anyone. Eau Claire Police say car entries and car thefts happen in Eau Claire, despite it being a safe community.

"One of the biggest things with car entries and car thefts in our city and in all communities is that people are simply not doing the common sense things to protect themselves and their vehicle," said Kyle Roder, Eau Claire Police Department. "It is something that happens in Eau Claire and that can be easily prevented in most cases. We need people to lock your doors."

Last year, the Eau Claire Police Department reported over 200 cases with break-ins and about 50 others that involved with stolen vehicle parts. Roder said, "What we find is that vehicles that are unlocked, that have keys left in them and that have valuables left in plain sight are the targets of car entries and car thefts."

Officials say thieves are likely to break in for valuable items-like expensive electronics, jewelry and money, including change. Michael Larson, the owner of A to Z Towing & Recovery, said, "Place it in the trunk or if they have a blanket they could cover it up with a blanket so it's not readily seen."

Roder agrees. "Out of sight out of mind is sort of the thing we think of with this. If they can't see them, they probably won't want to break into your vehicle and steal them," he said.

Thefts can happen at anytime. And thieves know exactly when to strike. Roder said,"They'll (thieves) pull handles and find which ones are unlocked and which one is most easily accessible."

Check and double check to make sure your car locks are latched. And if you're heating up your car, Larson suggests keeping a close watch on your car. Larson said, "You would not want to leave your vehicle unattended. Keep an eye on your vehicle."

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