Lee Co. sheriff weighs in on vehicle break-ins amid recent spike

Published: Oct. 8, 2021 at 7:49 PM EDT
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LEE COUNTY, Ala. (WTVM) - In East Alabama, Lee County sheriff’s deputies say car break-ins happen often, not only in their area but across the state.

The sheriff there says there were 12 reports of vehicles being broken into throughout the Smiths Station area, in one day.

Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones explains just how many times a week crimes like this happen in their jurisdiction.

“We take vehicle break in reports three or four days out of every seven days that we have,” said Jones.

Sheriff Jones says the total number of vehicle break-ins this year is in the hundreds. He also says these crimes typically happen early in the morning, and in many cases, the victims leave their car doors unlocked.

With that in mind, he encourages the public to lock their car doors and keep their valuables inside their homes.

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