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Police: Car break-ins on the rise

LAWRENCEVILLE - Lock your car doors, Gwinnett.

Police are reporting a 19 percent increase in vehicle break-ins over the past two weeks.

Cpl. Darren Moloney, spokesman for the Gwinnett County Police Department, said in a written statement that there is no specific pattern or description of offenders. But he did say a majority of such crimes are generally committed by juveniles when school is not in

session.

"Once the crime is successfully committed, the offender will continue in the criminal activity until they are caught or school is back in session," Moloney said. "A person does not wake up one day and decide to steal items from a car only to stop, never to commit the crime again."

He said more than 80 percent of all vehicles broken into were left unlocked and encouraged all drivers to remember to lock their doors.

As a further precaution, Moloney said to leave valuables in the trunk of the car rather than in plain sight.