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Police say shoppers are leaving personal belongings out in cars

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(12/19/13) - This time of year, people are in a rush in search of those last minute Christmas gifts.

Police say take the time to make sure you don't become a victim.

Flint Township Police say several cars have been broken into along the busy shopping area along Miller and South Linden Roads.

ABC12 News rode along with police, and you wouldn't believe how many people are leaving their personal belongings out in the open. That seems to be a trend this time of year.

It didn't even take Lt. Tim Jones two minutes to run into this problem.

"Within one minute, I walked, three rows of cars, out of three rows, six cars, three in each row, have got packages in their back seats, front seats or visible, especially in some of the minivans that people can see their Christmas presents," he said.

Jones says with everything from electronics to sweaters in plain sight, it makes it easy for the bad guys.

In some of the most recent incidents where cars were broken into, the criminal smashed the windows and took belongings.

"Four of the three cars here have items in them already and it's taken me less than 5 seconds to walk this far, and I've got four cars sitting here with property in them," Jones said.

Jones says his department usually sees an increase in larceny from vehicles this time of year. He's warning everyone to hide personal belongings.

ABC12 News spoke with shoppers who are doing that already.

"Bring everything I have with me as far as cards, as far as your women's purse. Carry everything you need on you at that time," Ave Darrough said.

"Keep the doors locked, majority of the time we have someone sit in the car. That way it doesn't look suspicious and that way someone sees someone in the car, they're not going to want to go up to the car when somebody is in it," Cody Borges said.

Jones says his department believes one person is responsible for the six break-ins on south Linden.

If you have any information, contact Flint Township Police at 810-600-3250.

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