Cobb police step up patrols after rash of car break-ins - CBS46 News

Cobb police step up patrols after rash of car break-ins

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COBB COUNTY (CBS46) -

Cobb County police have stepped up patrols along Barrett Parkway after a rash of car break-ins in the past several days.

The thieves have hit cars at various stores and restaurants along the busy highway.

"They just smash out one quarter window which makes less sound," Sgt. Dana Pierce told CBS46 News. "They just reach right inside, undo the door lock and they're literally in and out of there in maybe 15 ... seconds."

Cobb County police said car break-ins often constitute up to 60 percent of the crimes they investigate.

"Areas that we're concerned about are retail establishments, parking lots, workout facilities, campuses, wherever cars are going to be parked for an extended period of time," Pierce said.

Pierce said police are cruising the area in marked and unmarked cars in an effort to track down the suspects. He said some thieves work alone, others in groups.

"Everybody's in a hurry, that's the main thing," said Edgar Harrell, who had lunch at a restaurant along Barrett Parkway Wednesday. "When you're in a hurry, you tend to forget. When you see someone hopping out of a car, nine times out of 10, they're forgetting something."

Cobb County police said their motto is "out of sight, out of mind." It is a reminder to drivers not to leave valuables in plain sight in unattended vehicles.

"We're all creatures of habit," Pierce said. "You've got to get out of your old habits. You've got to break up your routine. You've got to take those items of value, place them in the trunk, or better yet, don't carry what you're not willing to lose." 

Police urge anyone who sees something suspicious to call 911.

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