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With holiday shopping underway, LMPD expects spike in car break-ins

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Ask any shopper, and your routine for keeping items safe may be different. Ask any shopper, and your routine for keeping items safe may be different.
Police say criminals are sometimes keeping an eye on you from the parking lot. Police say criminals are sometimes keeping an eye on you from the parking lot.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- It's the time of year when shoppers are out in full force, looking for the best holiday deals.

So are criminals.

“In a split second the window's broken and the purse is gone,” said Sgt. Jon Lesher with the Louisville Metro Police Dept.

Sergeant Jon Lesher says this is the time of year when they see a spike in car break-ins.

That's because phones, purses, and gifts are sometimes left out, where anyone can see them.

Ask any shopper, and your routine for keeping items safe may be different.

“It depends on how expensive it is. If it's like a TV or something, I would either put clothes or a blanket over it so that nobody can see it, and then obviously lock my car,” said Michael Noble, a Louisville resident.

“My packages are always locked in the trunk of my car, so there will be no temptation for anyone to look in the windows and see what's there,” said Doris Downs, a Louisville resident.

Doris Downs says she's never been a victim of theft doing this, but police still warn you to watch your surroundings. They say criminals are sometimes keeping an eye on you from the parking lot.

“I recommend stopping at a grocery store or gas station prior to getting to your destination and securing those items in your trunk, so that no one sees where they are once you're there,” said Sgt. Lesher.

With the holiday season in full-swing, police say it's important to take precautions and to never leave items sitting out in plain sight.

You're less likely to become a victim, leaving you in good spirits while out shopping, like Downs.

“Just be safe, and not sorry, and be patient, because we all enjoy it but we'll enjoy it more if we're safe and secure,” said Doris Downs.

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