String of car break-ins in Grand Junction neighborhood

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT News)-- Over the weekend, a string of break-ins.

“It’s super concerning and a surprise to me as well,” says neighborhood resident, Renee Cameron.

Four reports of car break-ins, in just one neighborhood. All in the small section between F and F ½ road. But Mesa County Sheriff’s Office says it can happen anywhere.

“People are leaving their valuables inside their cars overnight in front of their houses and they are leaving their cars unlocked,” says MCSO spokeswoman, Megan Terlecky.

The Mesa County Sheriff's Office says this is one of their most common crimes.

“We know that thieves are going in neighborhoods at night, specifically targeting cars that are unlocked. People will get a lot more active on trailheads. That tends to be another target area too,” says Terlecky.

MCSO says residents often leave their car doors unlocked to prevent a broken window.

“We rarely see cars get their windows broken because it takes that much longer for a thief to commit that crime,” says Terlecky.

They’re called crimes of opportunity. If you leave your door unlocked, a thief sees an opportunity. MCSO wants to encourage people to not leave valuables and to lock up your vehicle. Renee Cameron thinks neighborhood unity is key.

“As a neighborhood we really need to come together and try to keep our neighborhood safe as much as possible”.

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