The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

November 14, 2012

Police remind people of upswing in break-ins during holiday season

By Justin Jones, Staff Writer

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 — Following an increase in calls of reported break-ins, Albemarle Police Department has advised all residents to be aware of their property and belongings.

According to William Halliburton, the number of break-ins is expected to remain high during the holiday season, as many criminals are aware that valuables may be in the trunks of cars or hidden somewhere inside a home.

Recently, Albemarle Police arrested two men, charging them both with felony breaking and entering a motor vehicle and felony larceny.

The men, Dillon Patrick Chandler, 19, and Tanner Jameson Goins, 21, were arrested Nov. 2. According to the report, the incident occurred less than a mile from the home addresses of both Chandler and Goins, at 2827 U.S. 52 North.

With this trend expected to continue, Halliburton said that residents can do their part by not making their home or vehicle an easy target.

“Remove valuables, lock your doors and make sure your windows are secured,” he said of the first steps to take in preventing a car break-in.

“People, by Christmas, have (presents) stored and bad guys know that. And then we see an increase in vehicle and home break-ins.”

Leaving doors unlocked on a vehicle or a home only make that property an easier target for criminals.

“If they can be lazy, they’ll be lazy,” Halliburton said.